Mahadevapura Lake gets an eco-friendly STP under CSR

Mahadevapura Lake gets an eco-friendly STP under CSR

Mahadevapura Lake gets an eco-friendly Sewage Treatment Plant as part of a multi-stakeholder initiative with BBMP.

In a unique initiative, leading corporates in Bengaluru have come together to partner with United Way Bengaluru (UWBe), BBMP and Citizen’s Group to construct an eco-friendly Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) of 1 million litres a day (1MLD) capacity at the Mahadevapura Lake in the city.

Mahadevapura Lake :

Mahadevapura Lake is on 22 acres and is located in the east of Bengaluru between Purva Parkridge and Durga Rainbow Apartments. It is frequented by many local residents who enjoy the provided walking path.

There are two wetlands, one in the southeast and the other in the northeast of the lake. In total, there are 4 inlet points and 1 outlet from the lake. Of the 4 inlets which carry sewage, 3 overflow into the lake during any flood event and one enters directly into the wetland area that is to the southeast side of the lake.

United Way Bengaluru – Mahadevapura Lake initiative :

Every city has a plethora of serious, unique, and multifaceted issues — from environment and health to income and education. To truly overcome these challenges and make a worthwhile difference, one must bring together everyone involved — everyone with a common interest and purpose, to work on a solution for a better Bengaluru. United Way Bengaluru do just that.

Established in 2008, United Way Bengaluru is a not-for-profit organization that works with communities to take local action for global impact. They partner with the people, listen to their concerns, identify the problems, and empower them to tackle these challenges head on. But they don’t stop there — they ensure their efforts reap long-term returns by staying connected with the communities.

And that’s how United Way Bengaluru bring visible, lasting change.

Wake the Lake campaign :

Lakes have always been the lifeline of Bengaluru. Unfortunately, years of economic growth and population expansion have had their consequences — in as little as 40 years; the 380 lakes in Bengaluru have been reduced to just 81.

Wake the Lake is United Way Bengaluru’s flagship campaign that aims to make a difference by reviving the dying lakes of Bengaluru. This initiative is a strong demonstration of the collaboration between civic bodies, corporates and citizens for the larger good. That’s not all; the Government of Karnataka has been the NGO’s biggest patron in supporting this initiative.

Over the last decade, Wake the Lake has successfully reclaimed and restored over 20 lakes, which were on the verge of complete collapse. This process of restoration involved clearing them of sewage, improving the quality of water, greening the lake environs and turning them into active community spaces.

Sewage Treatment :

Sewage treatment is the process of removing contaminants from municipal waste water,  containing mainly household sewage-plus some industrial waste water, Physical, chemical, and biological processes are used to remove contaminants and produce treated waste water (or treated effluent)) that is safe enough for release into the environment.

A by-product of sewage treatment is a semi-solid waste or slurry, called sewage sludge. The sludge has to undergo further treatment before being suitable for disposal or application to land.

STP at Mahadevapura Lake :

The STP is an eco-friendly natural solution. It is a chemical free process with minimum dependence on electricity for treating the wastewater. It is an anaerobic process called DEWATS, which aims to mimic natural processes by providing the right conditions for microbial action.

The Bangalore-based Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination Society (CDD Society) have provided the technical expertise for design and implementation of the STP. The construction was led by Revlon Build tech. 

Supporters of STP at Mahadevapura Lake :

The project is supported by Amazon, Mphasis, Dell Technologies, HTC Global and BORDA, the multi-stakeholder effort is aimed at rejuvenating the Mahadevapura Lake, which adjoins their offices at Bagmane World Technology Centre. The STP will tap and treat 1MLD wastewater flowing in an adjoining drain and discharge it into the lake every day.

About Amazon Cares  :

Amazon believes that the most radical & transformative inventions are often those that empower others to unleash their creativity and pursue their dreams. Amazon Cares demonstrates the philosophy of being ‘good neighbors’ through the activities undertaken in areas where employees and customers live.

The Company imbibes this philosophy to empower and engage its employees, customers, sellers, local communities and other stakeholders in its contributions to create opportunities and transform lives.

 Amazon Cares currently runs several programs such as Gift a Smile that is transforming & enabling new ways of giving and Amazon in the Community that is empowering local communities with tools & services that enable them to create opportunities for their growth. 

Speaking on the STP initiative at Mahadevapura lake, Kishore Thota, Director Customer Experience and Marketing, Amazon India says, “We are happy to associate with UWBe and BBMP to align efforts around intergovernmental initiatives to contribute to and preserve the city’s ecological systems to positively impact the local communities. The rejuvenation of the Mahadevapura Lake will be able to restore the rich biodiversity and inspire citizens to create hubs for a vibrant socio-cultural life.”

About Mphasis

Mphasis applies next-generation technology to help enterprises transform businesses globally. Customer centricity is foundational to Mphasis and is reflected in the Mphasis ‘Front2Back’ Transformation approach. Front2Back™ uses the exponential power of cloud and cognitive to provide hyper-personalized digital experience to clients and their end customers.

Mphasis’ Service Transformation approach helps ‘shrink the core’ through the application of digital technologies across legacy environments within an enterprise, enabling businesses to stay ahead in a changing world. Mphasis’ core reference architectures and tools, speed and innovation with domain expertise and specialization are key to building strong relationships with marquee clients.

According to Meenu Bhambhani, Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Mphasis, “We have a responsibility to give back to the society we reside in and this project with UWBe and BBMP is one such effort. We hope this initiative will bring back the lake its lost glory. This is a classic example of collaboration to safeguard the nature for our future generations.’’ 

About Dell Technologies:

Dell Technologies is a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. The company services customers of all sizes across 180 countries – ranging from 98 percent of the Fortune 500 to individual consumers – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from the edge to the core to the cloud.

Sarv Saravanan, Corporate Senior Vice President & General Manager, India Center of Excellence, Dell Technologies said, “We at Dell Technologies have always been committed to the good of the people and the planet. The STP initiative at Mahadevapura Lake is an extension of this commitment. We are glad to partner with UWBe, BBMP and other corporates.”

Urban poor– lakes support livelihoods – Bengaluru

Urban poor are likely to get a new lease of life.  The lakes will be supporting the livelihoods. The residents are taking initiative by creating a hub on the comprehensive development of lakes.


Need for development – improvement of urban poor :

Natural resources in Bengaluru have been affected by fast growth of industrialization and urbanization. This in-fact has affected to a great extent the livelihoods of thousands of urban poor.

Lakes in the city have been the most prominent victims of such quick industrialization.  Mahadevapura lake is one among them.

Ecosystems have a way of restoring themselves when the flow of toxins is broken.  The MAPSAS wants to beautify the lake and to shield it from pollution.  The samithi wants to support the livelihoods of uuban poor living in close proximity to lakes.


Mahadevapura Parisara Samrakshane Mattu Abhivrudhi Samiti (MAPSAS) :

It is a not for profit registered trust that was formed in 2011 to revive and rejuvenate lakes in the Bellandur ORR/ Sarjapur road/ Hartur road area.

9 years ago a group of ordinary people came together to attempt something.  They wanted to revamp the highly polluted lake in their neighborhood.

Currently MAPSAS has an agreement with the BBMP for the maintenance of lakes and helping  urban poor.

The vision of MAPSAS is to encourage bio-diversity in and around the lake ,engaging the community to play an active role protecting the lake as a thriving ecosystem, social justice thru livelihood creation from lake and accessibility to all.


Livelihood of urban poor :

The main livelihood of urban poor is cattle-grazing.  These are the tradition livelihoods that sustained the life of lakes.  This strengthens the collaborating relationship that helps the urban poor.

The urban poor use the lake for cattle grazing and collect firewood which does not happen in any lakes in the city. 

The lake conservation group also wants to rejuvenate and maintain all the lakes in the chain.  This includes Parappana Agrahara lake, Kudlu Dodda Kere, Kudlu Chikka Kere, Haralur lake, Kasavanahalli Lake, Kaikondarahalli lake and Soulkere. This helps the urban poor living close to the lakes.

The BBMP is supporting the efforts taken by the conservation group.  The Contribution of BBMP is to build the STPs, fencing and desilting of the lakes.

Graphite India : Closure order NGT – residents elated

Graphite India is getting closed.  NGT orders closure of the Co.  The residents of Whitefield are happy and elated.

The NGT order comes after the Apex Court fine Rs.50 lakh on Graphite India, Whitefield on October 30 2018.  The NGT has restored the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board’s (KSPCB) order of closure on Graphite India.

Graphite India :

Graphite India Limited (GIL) is the pioneer in India for manufacture of Graphite Electrodes as well as Carbon and Graphite speciality products.  Having started in 1967 in collaboration with erstwhile Great Lakes Carbon Corporation (GLCC) of USA.

Plant at Whitefield

GIL has been continually improving its product quality and services thereby scaling newer heights of excellence and customer recognition. 

Closure of Graphite India plant :

A long battle.  A decade long legal struggle.  But the result is a happy one.  The  legal struggle of residents of Whitefield has taken an important step forward after the NGT (National Green Tribunal restored the 2012 order of KSPCB to close the 50 year old plant for violations of rules.

NGT cleared the way for closure of the plant and also ordered a multi-agency survey of the pollution emanating from Graphite India.  Graphite India was a red category industry that manufactures graphite anodes, electrodes and paste.

NGT’s order :

The Tribunal’s order stated “Referring to the evidence available on record, more particularly the reports of inspections of the factory carried out by the Authority, it was held that the respondent Graphite India was grossly non-compliant of the requirement of environment mitigation measures”.

NGT

The NGT has directed constitution of a joint committee.  This  involves  the representatives of the Central Pollution Control Board, KSPCB and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). 

Work of the Committee :

They have to monitor pollution from the Graphite India’s stacks, ambient air  monitoring of  the area by setting up atleast 10 monitoring stations. The joint committee will also carry out a study on source apportionment of pollution sources.

Residents elated about Graphite India closure :

The NGT judgment has come as a shot in the arm after the Supreme Court in October 2018 deemed Graphite India as a polluter.

Affected by Whitefield phant

The original petitioners were supported by residents of nearby apartments and in later stages by the citizens’ collective, Whitefield  Rising in the legal battle against the co.

Conclusion :

The judgment relies on global studies on graphite dust pollution.  The bench recalled that the industry had done little to lower emissions in Bengaluru plant while they had complied with all laws in their factories abroad.

This comes as a lesson to those who take polluting the environment lightly. 

East Bengaluru Lal bagh – green space at Kannamangala

East Bengaluru Lal bagh is taking shape at Kannamangala near Whitefield.  It is also known as a mini Lal bagh. 

East Bengaluru Lal Bagh taking shape

The Karnataka State Horticulture Department is establishing a botanical garden similar to Lal bagh.  

East Bengaluru Lal bagh – a reality :

Whitefield residents need not face the tiring traffic on Bengaluru  roads.  No need to travel over 20  kilometers to catch the fresh air of Lal bagh. The State Horticulture Department is establishing  a botanical garden similar to Lal bagh known as East Bengaluru Lal bagh at Kannamangala.

Inside the park

East Bengaluru Lal bagh will give that part of the city a much-needed fresh lung space. A unit of the State Horticulture Department, the elite seed coconut farm, is spread across at Kannamangala, near Whitefield. This area is being converted into a botanical garden and is to be christened as East Lal bagh. 

Area covered – East Bengaluru Lal Bagh :

It is spread across 152 acres of coconut farm.  It is having 3500 coconut trees in many varieties.  The project was proposed many years back but was not started due to lack of funds.  The cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs.1.5 crore.

East Lal Bagh –  tree varieties :

As the area is already filled with coconut trees, the horticultural department is planning to sow and cultivate different saplings.  The existing coconut palms will be used for mixed cropping, inert-cropping  and multi-tier cropping. 

Varieties of trees at East Bengaluru Lalbagh

The department is planning to sow various flowering plants.  This includes orchids, spices and condiments, beverage crops, timber trees, buffalo grass etc. as base plants. 

Other facilities at East Bengaluru Lal Bagh :

Irrigation work is under process. A walking stretch or trek is under construction.  An amphi-theatre and butterfly garden in also included.  Signage will be put everywhere to help the visitors to the garden. 

The garden needs lot of water as there is severe scarcity of water in the area.  To meet the water needs the department is planning to use treated water from industries around. 

Existing bore-well is been rejuvenated and new bore-wells have been drilled.

This East Bengaluru Lal Bagh is an extension of the existing botanical garden.

Road cave-in — Whitefield, Bengaluru

Road cave-in near Graphite India Ltd. at Whitefield. A 40 feet road caved in during the excavation process.    Alternative access was created for residents.

Road cave-in at Whitefile

Due to the road cave-in there a huge traffic on the main road.

Residents affected due to road cave-in :

The residents of Green Domain layout in Whitefield were locked up as the only access road to the layout caved in during the work on laying the foundation for an apartment complex by Salarpuria Sattva on Whitefield road.  The incident brought construction activities to an end.

The residents access to basic necessities like drinking water, groceries and milk were cut off.

Damaged road

Some of the residents had complained about the air-cracks in their houses due to excavation work.  BBMP had issued a notice to the builders to this effect. 

The construction co. had brought a stay order from the court and continued work.

Road cave-in – Action by BBMP :

BBMP officials opened a compound of an empty plot to provide access to the adjacent road.  The palike promised to reconstruct the road.  The civic body is initiating action against Salarpuria constructions for the deterioration of the road.

The civic body has registered a case with the police. The officials inspected the area and traffic police helped in rerouting traffic.

Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun visited the site of disaster and said that the under-construction project had been sanctioned by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board.

Resident’s complaints – Road cave-in

There are 750 families living in over 10 apartments on the road trapped.  The Cauvery water supply pipeline was damaged.

This is not for the first time that residents of the area have complained to BBMP about the possible safety hazard posed by the construction.

Dynamite was used to dig up the foundation for the construction of the building.  This has damaged the road.

Varthur lake – sluice gate project

Varthur lake – froth and debris

Varthur lake sluice gate project gets a new deadline.  According to the BDA the work will be completed by April 2019.

The sluice gate project has already missed many deadlines.  

History – Varthur lake

Varthur Lake is an artificial lake, or tank, located in the Bangalore South taluk of the Bangalore District in Karnataka. This lake has played an important role in maintaining water resources for irrigation since its construction during the Ganga Empire over 1,000 years ago (Karnataka State Gazetteer, 1990).

Varthur lake

Over the centuries, the lake has developed into a complex ecosystem that provides habitat for a variety of plant and animal species.  This includes resident and migratory waterfowl.  The lake also provides the local community with a pleasant micro-climate and considerable pleasing appeal.

Inter-connection and degradation

Varthur lake is part of a system of interconnected tanks and canals that receive practically all the surface run off, waste water and sewage from Bengaluru South.  Urbanization and population expansion in Bengaluru and surrounding towns and villages have taken a brunt on many tanks.  Varthur lake is one among them.

Varthur Lake froth

Pollution has exceeded the ability to integrate contaminants.  This has lead to visible degradation of the quality of water in the lake. 

Sluice gate project – Varthur lake

The BDA has completed the installation of sluice gates in the varthur lake and are working. The 20 metres of the waste weir is yet to be completed.  BDA has set April as a deadline for the work completion.

According to the residents the contractor has not received enough funds from the authority to carryout the work, hence the delay.  The work was halted due to the construction of the new bridge adjacent to the old bridge in varthur.  This demanded diversion of water.

Present scenario

Lake bed is still filled with excess soil and debris. The minor irrigation department had dug it up to set up KC valley pipelines.  The clearance of the debris is yet to take place and restore the lake-bed.

Mahadevapura zone – Illegal constructions

Mahadevapura zone Constituency is seeing rapidly growing  illegal constructions and it is increasing.   The growing demand for housing from those who are working in the IT sector has encouraged the way for illegal buildings.

Building collapse

These illegal constructions has lead to violations of sanctioned plans.  These problems are alarming along the Mahadevapura Tech Corridor.

Mahadevapura constituency:

This constituency  is a suburb and one of the biggest zones of BBMP. It was a city municipal council. This place is well connected with Outer Ring Road, Whitefield Road and Krishnarajapuram.  Railway Station is the nearest station to board trains. It is a developing area, which has a high growth potential in terms of residential development. Leading schools, shopping malls, showrooms have come up in the area. Most old residents have either rented out their apartments or sold their flats to developers. For those looking for a long-term investment, Mahadevpura and surrounding areas would be the best places.

This zone  has become a major information technology hub in recent years. It houses several IT companies such as Accenture, Dell EMC, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard Enterprises, Mphasis, Samsung, Sapient Corporation and Wells Fargo.. It also has a few of the major Big 4 Deloitte, EY offices. It is also in close proximity to ITPL and other IT hubs such as Whitefield, Marathahalli and Bellandur.

Recent problems at Mahadevapura:

In recent years the Mahadevapura constituency is seeing back to back incidents of building collapses.  This has attracted the attention to the need for an immediate introspection among civic bodies.

Building collapse at Kasavanahalli

The BBMP is yet to take action on building violators. In recent years due to the increase in demand for accommodations, there is an increased surge in the violations of sanctioned plans.

In any ward at Mahadevapura Constituency, out of 10 buildings 7 are illegal or violated.  BBMP is not conducting any raids to curb this problem.

The 4 cases of building collapses are reported from Kasavanahalli, Bellandur and Marathahalli.   


Building collapse

The builders and building owners have become greedy.  They want to make quick money from low investments.  Violation starts from foundation level.

Reasons by BBMP – Mahadevapura zone

BBMP receives more than 10000 applications for sanction of plan.  Not all the plans are thoroughly checked.  In a span of less than 2 months, 2 of the multi storied buildings have collapsed in Mahadevapura zone.  The building contractors normally do not adhere to the building standards.

Standard guidelines given by engineers are not followed.  When notice is served the owners of the building goes to court and get a stay.

BBMP cites lack of human resources as the reason for not conducting inspection.  Mahadevapura zone is the biggest zone under BBMP.

Read more related to illegal constructions: https://www.bangalorean.com/realestate/illegal-buildings-owners-pay-double-property-tax/

Pothole Fixing – Whitefiled residents

Pothole fixing was done by the residents of Whitefield with the assistance and help from ‘pothole raja’.

Whitefield falls under Mahadevapura Constituency.  This constituency is one of the highest property tax paying zone in Benglauru.

Disappointed by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) failed efforts, the residents and the employees staying in and around Whitefield decided to take matters into hand.  The residents solved the problems themselves by filling the potholes in the area. 

This was done under the assistance and guidance of the famous ‘Pothole Raja’.  It is an initiative undertaken by Prathap Bhimasena Rao.

Pothole fixing – Pothole Raja

Prathap Bhimasena Rao is a former pilot.  He had heard a lot of people dying or getting injured due to potholes in Bengaluru.  He started the ‘pothole raja’ initiative through his company Ground Reality Enterprises.   His co. helps in pothole fixing.

Nearly one and a half years later, he claims to have filled over 300 potholes in Bengaluru. He built a Mobile App where people can upload a pothole road picture with the location.

How it works – pothole fixing?

After assessment, Prathap decided to use cold asphalt for pothole fixing.  Cold asphalt does not need heat-up.  Large machines are not needed for fixing the potholes.  It is more eco-friendly and less expensive.

The support for his project came from IT parks, educational institutions, hospital campuses and large gated communities.  After his project became popular, the pothole man started fixing public roads too.

More than 100 potholes fixing has been done in the areas in and around Whitefield.  ‘Pothole Raja’ gets minimum 7 to 10 calls in a day from Mahadevapura zone alone. 

High Court Order on Pothole fixing:

According to High Court Order, the civic bodyBBMP is supposed to fix the potholes in the whole of Bengaluru.  The commuters are seeing plenty of potholes till date. Whitefield is being the IT hub, is facing this problem continuously.

For the two months, Bellandur, Nallurahalli, Sarjapura ring road, Kundalahalli and Marathahalli have been filled by ‘pothole raja’ with the co-operation and help from the residents.

When public (residents, commuters and citizens) are paying road tax, our roads are hopeless.  Whoever is paying road tax should raise the issue.

People who spot potholes can Whatsapp them with a photo/picture along with the location on 817 POTHOLE to +918147684653.

Read more related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/gas-pipeline-damaged-near-whitefield-today/

Residents struggle to bring back life to Nallurahalli Lake

Residents struggle to bring back life to Nallurahalli Lake

The century-old Nallurahalli lake, located near Whitefield, shrinks every night. When residents go to sleep, truckloads of debris and sacks full of garbage and slaughterhouse waste are dumped into the water.  Chicken vendors are dumping waste into the lake as civic authorities refuse to collect slaughterhouse residue.

The original size of the water body is around 24 acres and the extent of encroachment are not clear.

Alarmed over the late-night dumping, villagers are fighting to get encroachments cleared have the support of citizen’s movement ‘Whitefield Rising’.  Only some percentage of the lake is visible, thanks to encroachments.
Nallurahalli villagers have been running pillar to post to get revenue authorities to act.    The lake finds mention in a 1903 map of the village according to an ecologist  Ms.Harini Nagendra of Azim Premji University. Estimonials from villagers indicated that it dates back to the 1898 plague .  According to one ecologist the lake appears to be significantly encroached on the north, with the dumping of solid waste and construction debris blocking some of the canals of the lake. The intensity of garbage dumping has increased over the months. No civic body is heading this way to attend to the problem.  The residents and restaurants here fear no one. They will continue to dump waste until someone restricts them.

De-weeding of the lake was done by the residents, including apartment dwellers and village folks, two years ago. They had even planted over 300 saplings along the bund.  Many corporate professionals are trying to clean parts of the lake as a part of their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities.

 

 

BBMP demolishes around 400 houses in Bellandur

BBMP demolishes around 400 houses in Bellandur

The Bengaluru Maha Nagara Palike on Saturday razed around 400 houses at Kariyammana Agrahara near Belandur as ‘encroachment’. Around 1500 people became homeless as the JCB razed houses to the ground reportedly done due to complaints from residents of nearby apartments.

The residents said that no prior notices were issued by the civic agency.  The residents are maids, drivers, security guards, rag pickers.  The homeless included school going children and senior citizens.  Located next to an apartment complex, the residents are predominantly from the States of West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh and been living for 8 years.

According to BBMP officials, several warnings had been given to the residents as they were living as squatters on the private land. “There were enough announcements asking them to vacate the spot before demolition was taken up”.

BBMP officials said that the settlement was in proximity of the lake and was a violation of the buffer zone violations.

Read more related to BBMP: https://www.bangalorean.com/bbmp/council-meetings-bbmp/ 

Shaky Varthur bridge – repair to continue for 30 more days

Shaky Varthur bridge – repair to continue for 30 more days

The repair work of the Varthur bridge will take another 30 days to be completed, according to BBMP officials.  The bridge, situated along State Highway 35, has been wobbling since the second week of May due to heavy vehicular movement.  As a safety measure, the Whitefield traffic police have barred heavy vehicles from plying on the bridge. Movement of heavy vehicles has been banned on the 17-year-old bridge across varthur lake –  the only link between Whitefield and Varthur.

According to BBMP officials, one of the reasons for the bridge to develop this problem is the explosion in traffic volume in the area.  Residents are of the opinion that this bridge would have never been designed for heavy traffic. That is the main reason it is crumbling and falling apart. Repairing will not solve the problem in the long run. Best would be to build another bridge near to it for heavy traffic vehicles.

After the initial inspection of the bridge, the BBMP officials admitted that there was a vibration in span 3 and span 2 during the movement of heavy vehicles.  They also said that when multi-axle vehicles cross the bridge it vibrates.  The lab report of Civil Aid indicated that there was some problem in the bearings of Span 3 resulting in vibration and they have observed damage in the deck and girders and some of the bearings.

The BBMP is planning a new bridge adjacent to the old bridge.   The Palike began preparations for a new bridge designed for all vehicles as part of Varthur road-expansion project.  The officials said irregular attendance of laborers, due to delay in untimely supply of materials has contributed to the delay.

Some of the residents are of the opinion easy and lazy option to indulge in expenditure to invest in inefficiency to make weak structures. The tradition continues.  Is there enough space for a new bridge?  What was the estimated life of this bridge and who is responsible for short charging public money? Why not an inquiry by ombudsmen so that the new bridge has no such defects?

Read more related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/general/toxic-bengaluru-bellandur-varthur-lakes/

DEMAND FOR SEWAGE PLANT AT DODDANEKUNDI LAKE

DEMAND FOR SEWAGE PLANT AT DODDANEKUNDI LAKE

Major problems faced by the lakes in Bengaluru are encroachment, dumping solid waste, dumping of debris and inflow of untreated waste water.

The Doddanekundi lake is one of the bigger lakes in Benglauru but unfortunately not well-known for good reasons.  This lake is frequented mainly by those living in and around the lake and it is not easy to reach.   The lake has four inlets – one each from Vibhutipura tank, kaggadaspura lake, Mahadevapura tank and one from Nekkundi tank.  The lake is covered by weeds.   The lake even has a walking path around it and an island inside but the welcoming stinking smell at the entrance is a turn-off.

The residents are demanding for a sewage treatment plant at Doddanekundi Lake to stop the stinking.  The lake gets sewage from in and around localities and the buffer zone is being watched by land mafia.  We have come across all over Bengaluru about encroachment of lakes with similar stories  who have grabbed and gobbled up lake bunds, raja kaluve, feeder canals etc..   Bengaluru has lost more than 200 lakes and who takes credit for it ???????

Please note that in 2015, the Bengaluru Development Authority spent Rs.10 crore for the rejuvenation and beautification of the lake.  Dredging, fencing the lake was done but despite such a huge cost, the authorities failed utterly to stop the inflow of sewage into the lake.

The BWSSB has very recently laid the pipeline for underground drainage network in this area.  But most of the apartments around the lake are not yet taken the drainage connection  from the BWSSB.  Anybody can see openly the sewage being let out into the lake.   A Storm water drain is built around the lake and it is overflowing with sewage.

The lake water is becoming highly polluted.  The residents staying nearby cannot bear the stench any more.  It is posing a health hazard.  It is affecting the ecology due to toxic chemical discharge to the lake.  The fishes are dying due to this.  The lake is in a very poor lamented state.

The Doddanekundi Lake Welfare Association plans to put pressure on the corporator and the civic body to make sure that the stinking sewage is diverted.

A BDA official came out and said that the work is going on step by step and would soon stop the sewage inflow to the lake.

It stands as a mirror image to the sorry state of lakes in namma Bengaluru.

 

Pheonix Marketcity Mall-Mahadevapur

Pheonix Marketcity Mall-Mahadevapur

It is a suburb in Bengaluru.  In recent years it has become a major  IT hub.  It is in close proximity to ITPL and other IT hubs such as Whitefiled , Marathahalli and Bellandur. This constituency  has 8 wards.  The famous Pheonix City Mall is in one of the wards  i.e, Marathahalli.

Pheonix City Mall:

Redefining lifestyles, Bengaluru’s truly international shopping and lifestyle destination designed for the dynamic and discerning customer, Phoenix Marketcity, Bengaluru is developed by The Pheonix Mill Co. Ltd.is an architecturally path-breaking, iconic destination located on Whitefield Main Road, Mahadevapura.

It is the largest mall in Bengaluru by area, occupying 1,600,000 square feet (150,000) with 1,400,000 square feet (130,000) of retail space on four floors, which houses over 300 stores, representing an exhaustive mix of International, National and Regional premium brands, the mall offers the most comprehensive and compelling lifestyle shopping experience. It also houses a nine screen PVR Cinemas multiplex.  It is one of the biggest open malls in Bengaluru and offers variety of food, retail options and activities for all age groups.  The mall creates an epicentre within a city that offers people a complete solution in one destination.

It is a great mall to hang out with family and friends. Like other malls it has a lot of shops and restaurants. It also offers a venue for various outdoor open air events like music and dance. These are great to watch from outside seating on a restaurant.

So if you are going to do a mall hopping thing some weekend then you should head to Pheonix for sure.