Monday, September 24, 2018

SWD threat to Agara Lake

Spirit of Wipro Run - 2018


Running is the most Simple, Effective, Appealing, Cheapest and Coolest way to stay FIT. 

Benefits of Running makes it the most popular Fitness Regime for people of all age groups.

1. Builds Strong Bones
2. Strengthens Muscles
3. Improves Cardiovascular Fitness
4. Burns Calories
5. Maintains Body Weight 
6. Increases Confidence 
7. Relieves Stress 
8. Better Immunity 
9. Strengthens Lungs

Running is not new to me at all, since school days as an Athlete I have been Running, initially to Compete but now for Fitness. I did try going to Gym, but got bored very soon, and realised that Running is what I enjoy the most. 

Running on different Terrains, Routes, Seasons indeed is the most incredible part of being a Runner. After many years of Running on my own, I joined the #GoRunClub and started working out with a group of like minded Runners, with support of well qualified Trainers and the Skechers brand can see lot more improvements in my Running and are indeed proving very beneficial. Even though competing at the Races is more to better personal time, itsa proving to be more self inspiring! Its true that one Run can change your day and many Runs can change your Life! 

Surely for me Running is an ATtItUdE!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Agara Lake - Ganesha Immersion

For the 1st time post revival of Agara Lake the Ganesha immersion in the newly built Kalyani was facilitated. No doubt that festivals are a tough time for civic agencies and not just waste management but also security, crowd management, cleaning, traffic and ensuring the water bodies are not impacted is very critical. Agara Lake Protection and Management Society and Forest Department decided to plan the immersion activity at the Kalyani along with BBMP,  Traffic Police and Law & Order Police much in advance, and a process was put in place. Information Banners, Security at all the other three gate of Agara Lake to divert all immerions to gate-3 (Kalyani gate) and temporary barricades built from gate-3 leading upto the Kalyani, Volunteers, Fishermen and additional Staff were pulled in to ensure a smooth process and to control any unruly crowd. 

1st day, ie on 13th Sept there were around 211 idols and finally till 19th Sept a total of over 1372+ Ganesha idols and equal number of Gowri idols were immersed! With an entry of all idols, location and type (Clay/POP) it gave a fair idea that there were very few POP idols. BBMP helped in the daily clearance of the pooja waste and hopefully the mud in the Kalyani will also be removed by BBMP in the coming days. 'More awareness has to be create to make festivals more Eco-friendly and a lot more has to be done by BBMP and KSPCB to stop sales of POP idols, eventually localize immersion and end pollution of water bodies' added Kavitha Reddy, Lake Activist and KPCC Spokesperson. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Making Festivals Eco-Friendly


Eco-Friendly, Sustainability is the way forward to keep the Earth alive for future generations. With support of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), Mythri Mahila Koota and the team of B.PAC-BCLIP Civic Leaders and team of Kaagaz Foundation & HaSiRu Mithra had organised 6 Clay Ganesha Making Workshops to promote Eco-Friendly Ganesha and to celebrate festivals keeping in mind the minimum or non generation of waste. 

For over 10 day 175+ Clay Ganesha were made by citizens of all age groups in Apartment Blocks, Govt Schools, Private Schools and Colleges. Creating awareness about sustainable living, importance of water bodies and saying NO to PoP idols were the key objectives of the workshop.

'I have been organizing these workshops for over couple of years, now we are extending out reach as more and more people are keen to be do their bit for the Environment', said Lalithamaba a B.PAC Civic Leader.

Members of Eco-Club of Govt High School Agara took part in the workshop in large numbers and made some of the most unique Ganesha idols. 'We want more and more children to take to Eco-Friendly habits and practises so that there is a generational change in the way we treat our Environment and Water bodies' said Kavitha Reddy a B.PAC Civic Leader & Trustee Kaagaz Foundation. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Agara Lake - Legal Mess Haunts!

Lakes have to be protected in a natural way, and Lakes cannot be treated as entertainment bodies, they are RWH zones, Lung space, Flora & Fauna space. 

Lakes are much needed to cities like Bengaluru as it losing both Water and Greenery, and it's high time we take clear stand and define what a Lake stands for in urban context. We have already done enough damages to the Lakes and unless we have a common definition and objectives all our attempts to conserve Lakes are just lip service! 

Shared my views with Prajavani & Deccan Herald on the lingering long standing legal mess that keeps cropping up on privatization, that was earlier stuck down by the Hon High Court! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Kodagu, The Lost Land!

Disaster stuck Kerala and Kodagu at once, Nature Fury brought down the best know holiday spots, most popular tourist locations, land of coffee, tea and spices to ground zero like never before. The disaster that has stuck is beyond anyone’s imagination, floods, excessive rains, landslides and hills came down carrying along the villages, wounded and scared both Kerala and Kodagu forever.

As people of Kerala and Kodagu battled the Nature Fury, help from across the nation and world started pouring, a group us from B.PAC-BCLIP decided to reach Kodagu and help people by working on ground and not just send relief material. As we travelled to Madikeri, trucks carrying relief materials, broken roads, landslides, non-stop rains, ruined landscape was visible everywhere.

DC Office had mobilized officers from across the state, rescue operations across the villages that were completely disconnected, and where people were stranded was top priority, hundreds of families had walked 3-4 days fighting all odds to reach relief centers literally broken and empty handed. Relief camps were set up at different places, there were stories of bravery, resilience and trauma cutting across all sections of the society. Madrassa, Church, Temple, Schools, Govt Buildings, Community Centers all turned into relief camps for inflowing people from across Kodagu.

Meeting people at the relief camps, talking to the people who were running it and the Govt staff who were working non-stop to send supplies both to relief camps and to the villages where people were at their home without food for days left us emotional.

Various Municipalities and Corporations had sent staff to clean the flooded areas, cities and towns. Kodagu needed everything from toilets to geysers to massive cleaning equipment and most importantly resources to work on ground. 

We as a team after visiting various relief camps decided to work at the stock point at the DC Office where all the relief materials sent by people and Govt was reaching and took upon ourselves to sort every item that was coming in by checking each and every box that was unloaded. The sorted material was then packed as per requirement and sent to various panchayats and relief camps for further disbursement via nodal officers. It was heartbreaking to see how calls were pouring in asking for ration and other material and reaching all the requirements with not much of road connectivity was getting tougher.

With over 50% of the 4000kms of panchayat roads (other than PWD roads) that connect villages destroyed the challenges of relief was only multiplying. With Rescue operations winding up, Relief had taken over and there was not much time to think about Rehabilitation and Rebuilding. With homes, livelihood, infrastructure gutted, how can Kodagu get back on its feet was a question on everyone’s mind. Many questions many issues but it’s a long long way to recovery, no doubt people of Kodagu will rebuild but it’s a task that needs a huge participation from Government and people across the State.

As an when Kodagu limps back to normalcy building homes before the brutal winters hits Kodagu, and there is no guarantee that there will be no more rains either. It is a task that Government has to take up on a war footing basis, and extend every possible support for people of Kodagu without any administrative delays.

We left Kodagu after 4 days with a heavy heart but sooner or later many of us have to go back to do our bit to stand with Kodagu.