Hebbagodi Lake  – Revived – enters Limca records

Hebbagodi Lake  – Revived – enters Limca records

Hebbagodi lake – Revived.  It was once a garbage dump in Electronic city.  The Biocon has contributed for the revival.  The size of the lake is 31 acres and 39 guntas.

Today Hebbagodi lake is having country’s longest floating island.  The 12000 sq. ft. has vegetation that crisscrosses the lake.

The sludge, weeds, and plastic waste are a thing of the past.  The Hebbagodi lake – in Anekal Taluk of Electronic City – is now an example of how a water body can be revived. What’s more is that the lake has found a spot in the Limca Book of Records for having India’s largest floating artificial island.

Revival of Hebbagodi lake:

The hebbagodi lake has rafts which act as cleaning agents. These rafts are built with reused PVC pipes.

Hebbagodi Lake  - Revived - enters Limca records

Biocon Foundation has helped in reviving Hebbagodi lake in southern Bengaluru, leading to an improvement in water quality.  2 years ago, Biocon Foundation, the CSR arm of Biocon and Syngene International Ltd, took up the project by starting a feasibility study. In October 2017, Biocon Foundation joined hands with the government to restore the lake.

The Hebbagodi Lake is a 35-acre water body that was on its ‘deathbed’. Uninterrupted construction, the lure of a lake view apartment and dumping of garbage-choked the water body. It reached a point where the stench from the lake was unbearable. The industrial waste that was being dumped in it contaminated the water, a source of drinking water for the nearby villages.

Technology used:

The first process used to revive the hebbagodi lake is Bio-remediation – dousing of enzymes. The second process is called floating wetlands, where plants are laid out on a wooden or lightweight frame and they float around the river. These plants have a unique property of being able to absorb harmful chemical constituents and generate nutrients. The third one is called aeration, which includes putting up filters in the lake to increase the oxygen levels.

Hebbagodi Lake  - Revived - enters Limca records

Silt-removing and de-weeding operations were taken up on a war footing. The weed had been composted to spread green cover around the lake. To increase the level of dissolved oxygen in water, energy-officers have been installed.

A number of bar screens are installed at Hebbagodi lake  at the inlets to prevent fresh garbage from entering the lake.  Closed underground conduits are laid and a culvert is built to prevent overflowing of sewage which also led to unbearable stench around the area.

Apart from the bio-rejuvenated lake, a children’s park and a safe drinking water facility using Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology is also opened for the public.

A great and praiseworthy project.  This kind of initiative is urgently needed in Bengaluru to revive the dying lakes.

Anekal

Anekal

It is a major town and taluk of Bengaluru Urban district. Multiple Industrial areas like Attibele, Sarjapura and Jigani lie in Anekal Taluk and contribute to major economic turnovers. This constituency has one ward. The famous landmark of this consitutency is Muthyala Madhu (Pearl Valley).

Muthyala Madhu (Pearl Valley):

Muthyalamaduvu is a tourist attraction located near Anekal. The place is also known as Pearl Valley. It is located 5km from Anekal and 40km from Bengaluru. Muthyalamaduvu is a multi stage waterfall. With the water gurgling through the rocks making a soulful sound is one of the most peaceful and scenic places in the outskirts of Bengaluru.
The place is famous for its waterfall and the beautiful mountain ranges it overlooks. The water from the falls slides down the flora of the place creating an illusion of a string of pearls, hence the name Pearl Valley. A Nilgiri plantation close to the top of the waterfall is a perfect place to visit to escape the heat while away on a sunny day. Base of the waterfall has enough shade with a small pond where one can test their swimming skills.

Overlooking these falls is a small shrine dedicated to Shiva, adding a religious touch to the place. A puja (prayer) is done once every morning. Situated in the midst of hills, nestled deep down in a valley, this secluded place makes a fascinating picnic spot. The place has a rich concentration of birds owing to the presence of the waterfall. It is known for its verdant surroundings with water falling from a height of over 100 ft. Take a dive in this crystal clear water and feel one with nature. There are a couple of waterfalls in a small narrow valley.

The mountain ranges present opportunities for trekking enthusiasts. Another tourist attraction Thattekere lake is nearby. Trekking is the major adventures sport. This is the most desired destination for the trekkers. Because of the open forest area and near to the city limits accessible to everyone, giving an opportunity to trek.

Monsoons (Aug to Nov) is the best time to visit this place. A little walk over around 100 well laid steps from the parking place takes you to the falls. There is a restaurant and restrooms are available near parking place.

Watch out for monkeys. It’s huge in number.