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, its actually more self inspiring! 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!