Thursday, December 09, 2004

Army, AKASH revive Hesarghatta lake

Army, AKASH revive Hesarghatta lake
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: An initiative by the Madras Engineering Group (MEG) aided by a local community called AKASH has given a major part of the Hesarghatta lake near the city a new life. The condition of the 3,000-acre lake formed by bunding of river Arkavathy in 19th century, had been deteriorating due to erosion in the catchment and its capacity was shrinking due to continuous silting.

‘‘Arkavathy Kere Ulisi Andolana Samithi (AKASH), Hesarghatta, in association with MEG and Centre, of the Indian Army started work on the lake in May 2004 and cleared the main inlet to the lake using 1,000 manhours of ‘shramadan’,’’ said Mahesh Bhat of ‘‘Friends of Hessarghatta Lake’’.

The work led to the increase of water storage which now has 4-6 feet of water over an area 150 acres.

AKASH intends to prepare 100 acres of lake to hold 10 feet of water to attract several species of birds. AKASH is now looking for volunteers to be part of the efforts. Interested volunteers may call Mahesh Bhat on 9845030912.

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