Issue # 37
Date: 5th June 2015
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Eventful Green weekend
Protest against Mantri and Coremind Projects
Venue: Footpath next to Ayyappa temple on Sarjapur Road, opposite Agara lake
Date: June 7th, Sunday
Time: 9:30am – 11:30 am
Please turn up in large numbers and show that you care about the biggest lake and the lifeline of Bengaluru.
Sign the petition and read the history of the project at https://www.change.org/p/karnataka-govt-please-stop-agara-sez. Please bring your own water and hats. Parking next to Agara lake service road on ORR. Please take publc transport or bicycle if possible.
Swacch Bhaarat Abhiyaan by Rotary Bangalore Lakeside, IT Forum and RideAlly
Venue: Ibblur park
Date: June 6, Saturday
Time: 8:30am – 11 am
Participate in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan at Ibblur park and road opposite to Park to mark the World Environment Day. Volunteers with family can join on 6-Jun-15 at 8.30 AM in the Ibblur Park (near Sarjapur Junction and Sobha Garnet Apt) and they will be assigned the areas for cleaning. Basic arrangements for cleaning (like, hand gloves, instruments etc) would be done however do have healthy breakfast and come in casual clothes. It is likely to end by 11.00 AM.
Honorable Minister of Chemical and Fertilizers, Shri Ananth Kumar with MLA Shri Satish Reddy of Bommanahalli Constituency (Ibblur park/lake comes in this constituency) and Ex-Corporater Mrs Latha Narasimhamurthy has graciously agreed to participate in cleaning drive and launch Composter, plastic wall and also launch car-pooling and shared taxi app, RideAlly. http://rideally.com
Celebrating World Environment Day
Venue: Saul Kere
Date: June 6, Saturday
Time: 9:30am – 12 pm
Activities planned especially for children!
Date: 5th and 6th June 2015
Venue: Kanteerva Stadium, Bengaluru.
Time: 10am to 6pm
Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) is organizing the Parisara Habba, to mark the World Environment Day Celebrations. In line with the World Environment Theme 2015 “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”, the event will showcase environmental friendly products & services, with the objective of sensitizing the general public on various issues, including waste management, animal issues, save the lakes, ill-effects of environment pollution and it possible solutions among the others. Various interactive sessions and games have been planned.
Honourable CM of karnataka visits Kaikondrahalli lake
The CM visited @Kaikondrahalli lake last Saturday. PC Mohan (our MP), Ramalinga Reddy (Minister in charge of Bangalore, BTM MLA), Krishna Byregowda (Agri minister and Bytarayanapura MLA), Haris (Shantinagar MLA), Arvind Limbavali (Mahadevapur MLA) BWSSB chief Anjum Parvez, DC Harish Naik, Devraj (Mahadevapura JC), EE, AEE, Env Engineer etc – were some of the political reps/officials spotted. It looked like the entire Bellandur ward/Mahadevadpura zonal BBMP staff were there. Plus maybe a few hundred other people!
CM heard about issues of violations of wetlands, sensitive zone, buffer zone, unplanned violations etc.
Meanwhile after heavy rains, residents were alarmed after noticing ‘foam’ in the back entry of the Kaikondrahalli lake. This is not out of ordinary. Due to increased volume of flow of water during rainy season, some sewage from the accumulated pool around makes its way into the lake. Good news, sewage entering the lake is diluted with rain water. Bad news, it is still sewage and lake is surrounded with it (yes sir, you go tramping in the woods, you know what you are stepping on – human waste)! During dry season, lake staff actively blocks the inlets to ensure that no sewage flows into the lake. In the wet season, inlets are opened so that water levels are recharged with rainwater albeit with a dash of sewage.
Buying compost from KCDC? Beware.
Garbage is being burnt in the open near Chikkanayakanahalli, a few kilometers from Wipro office on Sarjapura road where there are multiple schools, and then mixed with soil to be packaged and sold as KCDC-branded vermicompost! All the more reason to manage our waste reponsibly and hand over to authorized waste vendors!
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