Saturday, June 30, 2018

Minister visit to Agara Lake

On 27th June Minor Irrigation Minister Shri Puttaraju visited Agara Lake, in the recent amendments to the Tank Development Act replacing Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) with Minor Irrigation as regulatory authority. 

Even though many Citizens & Lake Activist are opposing the amendments citing the lack of expertise in Minor Irrigation Department and that Urban Lakes are different from Rural Lakes, ALPMS team had invited the Minister vie RS MP Kupendra Reddy to visit the revived Lake which is today a benchmark for most Lakes in Bengaluru. 

'Agara Lake Protection and Management Society (ALPMS) the citizen group that has been campaigning for revival of the Lake for over 5 years also requested the Minister to looking into shifting of the RTO vehicles on service road that are creating a huge problem for Lake visitor and also submitted a memorandum asking the Minister to inform BDA to create parking space for Lake visitor vehicles under the flyover and also apprised the Minister about the need for regular funds for maintenance of the Lake' said Kavitha Reddy Lake Activist & VP ALPMS. 

LDA & Forest Department officials and ALPMS Team was present during the visit and CEO and LDA Smt Seema Garg spoke about the uniqueness of the Lake and its revival process and citizen involvement.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Fixing Road Divider, KEB Junction

The stretch from KEB junction to Rock View Hotel on 27th main has been a serious concern due to temporary divider that was put almost a year ago and it was turning into a nightmare for citizens driving/riding vehicles, especially during late evening when even street light are not functioning. None of the local elected representatives made any effort to address the issue for long time and the spot was turning into an accident prone zone. 

'I was finally fed up with the excuses, so tweeted about to the issue to Add CM Traffic and also wrote to BBMP. Bengaluru Traffic Police (BTP) quickly responded to my tweet and BBMP team along with Traffic Cop to inspect the spot and in few days as discussed with BBMP permanent dividers were installed' said Kavitha Reddy, Congress Spokesperson and Lake Activist. 

Hope now even the citizens who were violating the one-way will follow the rules and ensure there are no more traffic jams and road rage. Many thanks to BTP and BBMP for a quick action.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June 2018 Meetings

Met Hon Dy CM & Bengaluru Development Minister regarding the shutdown of KCDC, the Waste processing unit has been causing serious Environmental & Health problems in the locality and has been a waste of public money without results.

Also Met Hon MP Bengaluru South regarding some of the serious locality issues and also requested for funds to install CCTV cameras in Agara Lake.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Kere Utsava

1st Kere Utasava was organised by Kaagaz Foundation on the occasion of World Environment Day at Agara Lake, on 9th June 2018 from 6am to 4pm.

Theme for World Environment Day 2018 is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ and water bodies face serious threat from plastic waste not only polluting them but also impacting the water inhabitants and ecosystem. 

Kere Utsava is a citizen centric event and is to Create Awareness, Promote Sustainable Alternatives to Plastic, Educate about the impact of Plastic on our Environment and Water bodies. 

The day started with a Walkathon, Tree Plantation, Sapling Distribution, Painting and essay Competition, Magic show, Skits, Composting Workshop and other activities all day through. 

Over 100 Saplings were distributed and over 200 Saplings were planted under the guidance of Jayakrishnan, visitor to Kere Utsava were delighted to plant Saplings and volunteered to be part of a Green cause. 

Children from over six different Schools & Colleges participated and citizens came along to make a difference, around 3000 people were part of the day long event. Everyone signed the Pledge board to #BeatPlasticPollution and to #KeepsLakesClean, Caps and Cloth Bags sponsored by Mythri Mahila Koota and Kaagaz Foundation were also distributed. 

'We are very delighted to kick start the #KeraUtsava series and are looking forward to organize it several other lakes to create awareness about the Lakes especially among the young people and school children, we thank B.PAC our event partner, KSPCB, LDA, BBMP & ALPMS for all the support', said Kavitha Reddy, Trustee Kaagaz Foundation and Lake Activist.          

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

World Environment Day - Agara Lake




Agara Lake Protection and Management Society (ALPMS) along with Lake Development Authority has organised World Environment Day to create awareness about the Plastic Pollution and how Plastic is hugely responsible for Pollution of Water Bodies and is also impacting Water Life. 

As the theme of this year World Environment Day is #BeatPlasticPollution, the program also focused and getting people to take a pledge to stop using 'single use plastic'. Walkers, Joggers and Runners participated, took pledge to #BeatPlasticPollution, also planted Saplings and took home free Saplings given by the organizers. 

Over 150 Children and 120 College Students also participated in the event to know more about Agara Lake and took a pledge to #BeatPlasticPollution, and also took home a Sapling each. 

'From ALPMS we want to reach out to as many citizens of all age groups and create awareness about the importance of Lake and how to keep the Lake and Water Bodies free from Plastic Pollution, and these kind of events will be held all through the year' said Kavitha Reddy, VP of ALPMS.