April 9th 2014, Issue 7
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Visit to Rainbow Drive: RWH tour
About 50 residents and estate managers from apartments and layouts around Sarjapura Road took a 1 hr walk inside Rainbow Drive on Saturday morning to see how ground water recharge had been implemented there. This event was organized by BIOME Trust, MAPSAS and Rainbow Drive. The participants saw the recharge wells and interatced with Bharti and Manjunath of Rainbow Drive. They also watched a movie on how water enters borewell in small streams flowing underground. This was followed by a presentation by BIOME to launch the Aquifer Mapping Project.
Rainbow Drive as a community has implemented 300+ Recharge Wells of more than 4000 litres capacity each which can recharge upwards of 1.2 million litres of water during every rainfall event. This project has made gradual progress since 2008 till date. The results have started to materialize now when a 250ft borewell is able to discharge about 150,000 litres of water daily (for most part of the year). This, coupled with other measures like an increasing block tariff for water, metering and regular awareness sessions around water have enabled Rainbow Drive to be autonomous for fulfilling their water needs.
Article courtesy: Shubha Ramachandran, Biome Trust.
Garbage burning rampant on Sarjapur Road
Rampant burning of garbage was reported to the BBMP Commissioner, the Joint Commissioner, the Environmental engineer and the Health inspector of this ward through email with pictures, causes and workable solutions. Kasa Muktha Bellandur team also spoke with the environmental engineer to come up with a more sustainable plan rather than just putting out fires (literally) every time it’s reported. However, it looks like action will be taken only after elections. According to Commissioner’s response by email, general public can use the following methods to report burning garbage or black spots:
1. BBMP’s Facebook Page
2. BBMP help line 080-22660000. A docket # will be generated for tracking.
3. Call Ward 150 Health Inspectors Bharagav – 9480684238, Shobha:9739470310
4. Call Ward 150 Environmental Engineer Mamtha – 9632709988
Article courtesy: Archana Prasad Kashyap.
Serving the community: David Lewis
Meet Mr David Lewis, the treasurer of the MAPSAS trust which manages the day-to-day activities at Kaikondrahalli lake. David is a retired professional staying in a nearby apartment complex. He spends almost whole day at the lake managing the daily maintenance activities, overseeing the lake staff, BBMP contractors and gardening. He says he always wanted to have a big garden to look after, now he is happy.
We need more dedicated people like him in the community to care for our lake!
16th Lok Sabha Elections
Date: 17th April 2014
Carnatic Music concert
By Ranjani Fine arts
Date: April 12th, 2014
Venue: Sobha Lakeview Club, off ORR, Bellandur.
4.00 PM : Veena by students of Vidushi Bagyalakshmi Chandrasekharan
5.00 PM : Concert
7.30 PM : Prasada
Entry is free for members and children below 18 years. Non members are requested to collect donor passes at the entrance.
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BELLANDUR BUZZ… APRIL 9TH 2014 | Issue 7