On 26th September 2014, over 200 National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers from Government First Grade College, Yelahanka attended a five-hour workshop on Lake Conservation. The workshop was organised by Mr Govindraju, Program Co-ordinator NSS and conducted by members of Yelahanka United Environment Association (YUVA) – Mr Ravi Gangadharan, Mr Jagadeesh Giri and Mr Jagadeesh KT, supported by Ms Deepa. Mr Muniraju, Corporator of BBMP Ward 4 and Dr HR Prabha, Principal of the college were present at the event.
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YUVA members spoke on how lakes can solve the problem of water shortage and excess rainfall which floods the city. They presented the methodology adopted for the revival of Allalasandra Lake and the environment benefits accruing on account of the lakes in the vicinity. Group discussions were held and students made presentations on various topics related to lakes – lake pollution, encroachment problems, steps for revival of a lake, etc.
Mr Muniraju was appreciative of the efforts of YUVA in improving the civic amenities in the locality. He also talked about how the rejuvenation of Allalasandra Lake was connected to the recharge of the groundwater, resolving the water problem to a large extent in Yelahanka New Town and surrounding areas. Ms Prabha talked about the importance of sustaining the environment and encouraged students to actively participate in social activities.
Overall, the enthusiasm of the students was overwhelming and they indicated that they wanted to contribute to the sustenance of the neighbourhood environment.
Pics: Courtesy Mr Jagadeesh Giri, Secretary, YUVA