Thursday, December 31, 2020
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
The history of Muthanallur Lake speaks for itself, known as one of the largest Lake that was the life line for most parts of Anekal Taluk with a large catchment area and upstream flow. It irrigated hundreds of acres of land before flowing to Biduraguppa Lake and to Tamil Nadu eventually. With thriving Bio-diversity the Lake was very popular for its Fishes, and the year Muthanallur Lake was full would mean a bumper crop.
But, all the good things is that of the past, even though Lake is still a very popular Bird sighting spot the past glory is just a memory as the Lake is heading towards a bleak future with toxic waste water flowing into the Lake endlessly.
Shri Siddaramaiah led Government took up the ambitious KC Valley Project to fill the Lakes of Kolar District and Anekal Taluk Lakes with treated water from Bengaluru Sewage. Even as treated water reached Kolar Lakes and the pipeline for Anekal Taluk Lakes are nearing completion, but the biggest concern of the toxic wastewater reaching Muthanallur Lake still have no solution, and lift irrigation project will not change the fact that toxic wastewater will continue to flow polluting and contaminating the Lake.
Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) high Negligence or Nexus is evident, KSPCB has not made any effort to check and prevent the industrial waste water entering the Lake from the Industrial Area. While Bengaluru Lakes make national headlines for all the wrong reasons the Lakes from the Rural areas closer to Bengaluru do not get any media coverage even when these Lakes are in must worst condition.
The purpose of Rural Lakes is also Irrigation, Livelihood, Utility and is not restricted to playing the role of Rain Water Harvesting Zones or Flood Mitigate or Bio-diversity spaces. So, there is a need to take Conservation of Rural Lakes more seriously than ever as excess urbanization is creating an imbalance in the rural areas.
How to restore Muthanallur Lake to its past Glory?
- KSPCB has to take immediate action on all the Industries that are letting out untreated wastewater to flow into the Lake and ensure implementation of either individual or common Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP).
- Issue Notices to Chandapura Purasabha for letting Sewage Water from all the surrounding villages/layouts/towns into the Lake and enforce implementation of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) as per the NGT guidelines.
- Government should step-in and put out a detailed plan and budget to De-silt, De-weed, Revive and Restore the Lake completely, enabling the villagers to use the water from the Lake for Irrigation and Utility.
Interestingly, there are
several tube wells drilled illegally around Muthanallur Lake to supply Water to
Panathur, Whitefield, Bellandur and several adjoining areas by tankers. If the groundwater is contaminated due to the toxic wastewater in the Lake it would mean end
of a good source of water permanently.
Lot of time is already lost; every passing day means more challenges to keep the Lake alive. Every Lake Conserved will add to a movement to save other Lakes in Anekal Taluk.
From Water Conservation prospective when every part of the country is facing Water crisis, proactive measures to Conserve the Lakes has to be a top priority, time is indeed running out and crisis management when Water crisis start impacting all of us on a daily basis is not an option anymore.
- Kavitha Reddy www.KavithaReddy.in
Monday, December 28, 2020
KPCC President, Hon Ex CM & CLP Leader, Working Presidents, Senior Leaders
and my Fellow Congress Men and Women.
As a Proud Congress Woman, it’s my greatest privilege to share my thoughts on the 136th Foundation Day of Indian National Congress, the day when the 1st meeting of the Indian National Congress was held in the year 1885.
The History of 135 years of Indian National Congress is the History of India’s Freedom Struggle, Sacrifices, Success of millions of Congress Men and Women, led by the Founding people who stood for the Idea of India.
Today we are faced with yet another challenge, the challenge of fighting the Divisive agenda of Fascist RSS & BJP and free our Nation once again from Ideology that never participated in our Independence Movement nor accepted the Constitution of India.
The Federal structure that is the core to our Constitution is under serious threat, as a South Indian I feel the identity of all our States is collapsing, the bankrupt Ideology of RSS & BJP is forcing excess centralization and destroying the powers of the States posing a serious threat to Federalism which is the foundation stone of our Constitution.
Removal of Article 370, Loss of Taxes for States in GST, New Education Policy, Farm Bill, Bypassing the ULB in the name of Smart Cities, Imposing of Hindi on Southern States are some of the deliberate steps taken by the RSS & BJP Govt to Centralize Power and to destroy the Federal Structure.
As Pt Nehru said Failure comes only when we forget our Ideals, Objectives and Principles, today as True Congress Men and Women we have to take a pledge re-commit ourselves to the objectives of Indian National Congress which is, wellbeing and advancement of people of India and the establishment in India, by peaceful and constitutional mean, of a socialist state based on Parliamentary Democracy in which there is equality of opportunity and of political, economic and social rights and which aims at world peace and fellowship.
Bapu said Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth, hence its more than necessary in today’s time of Fake and Hate filled Propaganda to stand up for the Truth, because Future of India depends upon what we do today, and what kind of an India we want to leave behind when our journey ends.
The architect of our Constitution Babasaheb said, They cannot make history who forget history, so let is never forget the glorious history of Indian National Congress and its Sacrifices to uphold the Idea of India.
On this note I thank the KPCC President for giving me an opportunity to express my views on this auspicious Foundation Day.
Jai Hind, Jai Karnataka, Jai Congress Video Link
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Pic Source: Internet
Silicon City and IT Capital of India it’s still grappling with basic issues and the most prominent of it is the Garbage crisis, makes you wonder if Bengaluru Bruhat Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will still continue to be on Garbage experimentation mode.
Bengalureans are indeed frustrated with being the guinea pigs of BBMP Garbage experiments. Without a single Solid Waste Management (SWM) Expert on its SWM EC Panel, nor a single professional consultant who can be held accountable for the failures of the experiments, BBMP SWM saga is no different from the childhood story of Elephant and six visually challenged people.
BBMP’s latest “Surgical Strike” on Bengalureans is charging Garbage Collection Fee (GCF) for every house via the BESCOM Bill. BBMP is already collecting SWM cess in the Property Tax, Apartments and Commercial entities pay for vendors who collect their Garbage, Commercial entities all pay additional cost for Garbage collection. So, what is the need to charge more for a service which is anyhow not rendered properly? Will “Surgical Strike” of charging GCF end all the Garbage woes of Bengaluru?
BBMP cannot claim 100% collection, because we still see loads of Garbage on the streets, lanes, road sides, vacant sites, drains, footpaths and even Lake beds of Bengaluru. The “Collection Casteism” leaves may out of Garbage collection net, who thereby dump waste at their will. Street Vendor to CEO, Huts to Apartments all generate Waste, by not collecting from some sections which I call it as “Collection Casteism” BBMP has been doing injustice to Bengalureans.
When there was a huge Citizen support for slicing the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) crisis by de-centralizing processing at Ward level, BBMP dragged its feet and wasted crores of Public money to make badly managed and stinking compost units like KCDC look good. These compost units are today not only becoming hazardous but are monuments of BBMP failed experiments.
Even as cities like Hyderabad and Vijawada are using the large and smaller Mechanical Sweepers, all the 17 odd large Mechanical Sweepers purchased by BBMP funded by the Taxpayers are either not used or rarely used and can be found stationed in some service roads, thereby adding problems of dust and uncleaned roads to Garbage woes.
BBMP is yet to put a final number on C & D Waste, with over 4000 tons of MSW generated everyday of which 40% is from Commercial entities and 60% form Households, can BBMP say what percentage of it is collected and what percentage of it is cleared from dumping points, streets, lanes, footpaths, vacant sites etc.?
100% Segregation is an ideal situation and indeed it should be the Aim, but BBMP is failing in its SWM Plans because it refuses to prepare for the worst and all the processes are set assuming that there will be 100% Segregation. This wrong assumption has become a stumbling block and stopping BBMP to implement multiple solutions to process MSW in a fully de-centralized manner.
1.2 crore Bengalureans are indeed customers of BBMP, but time and again BBMP has been only collecting Tax, Cess, Fee but has not shown any improvement in managing MSW. So, why should a customer pay more for a service that BBMP has been failing to provide time and again?
When BBMP is spending over Rs1000 crores per year on SWM which is appox Rs 7 per kg, what will the new fee do? Will it fund more BBMP SWM experiments and strengthen "Garbage Mafia"? Rs 7 per kg to collect/transport/process/dispose is probably the highest cost in comparison to any city and still Bengaluru is not Clean.
It is understood that BBMP is bankrupt of Ideas to increase Revenues, it has no Innovative or Collaborative way to increase revenues or even reduce costs. Everything in BBMP is about contractors, in an extremely high contractor dependent BBMP reducing costs means disturbing the apple cart that is used to a certain way of functioning, and any change could angry the “Contractor Mafia”.
In this stand-off of BBMP trying to loot its customers by forcing GCF, its time the customers call the BBMP Bluff and refuse to pay the new GCF and put BBMP on a trail and demand BBMP to prove its worth by deed.
For next 6 months let BBMP SWM:
- Collect Garbage from every home, every commercial entity and prove 100% collection
- Ensure streets/lanes/roads/footpaths, drains, Lake Beds, road sides are Garbage Free
- Reduce expenditure on Garbage from Rs 7 per kg to Rs 4 per kg
Its high time BBMP pulls up its socks and works on Administrative Reforms, Financial Prudence and end the dominance of "Contractor Mafia & Garbage Mafia" before it burdens Bengalureans with more Taxes & Fees.
With the new BBMP Bill, 198 Wards and many Gram Panchayats will become part of Greater Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike with 243 Wards, if BBMP does not Clean-up its mess now there will be no time and money left to face the bigger challenges ahead.
- Kavitha Reddy www.KavithaReddy.in
Sunday, December 13, 2020
As Cow Politics supporters cheered and jeered, like always Facts and Farce were missed out, and one was left wondering how Cow is Mummy till 13 years and Yummy after 13 years.
The Bill focuses more on saving Vigilante groups, giving raise to Fear, making room for Police harassment of backward communities. When Government is unable to set up special courts to give justice for rape victims, talking about courts in every district to give justice for Cattle seems to be a sham.
At a time when Central Government is unwilling to pass on the benefit of the dropping crude oil prices to citizens, forcing Farmers to take care of unproductive Cattle in the name Cow Protection lacks rational and sensitivity towards already struggling Farmers.
Karnataka Cow Protection Bill 1964 vs 2020
Cattle age to kill/sell
Bull, Buffalo, Bullocks
Fine & Punishment
Rs50K to 10
lac, 3-7 years Jail
Local Police, SI level
Officer can confiscate based on a complaint or doubt
Vigilante can take Law
into their own hands, and are protected fully by Law
Setting up Cattle Courts
in every district, Cattle confiscated will be auctioned
India is also one of the largest producers of Milk, in 2018-19 Government reported 187.7 million tons of Milk production, with per capita availability of 394 grams, also Dairy production accounts to 4.2% of India’s GDP.
Interestingly the Cow Politics exempts Export of Beef, this is visible even as State Governments that are in a race to pass the Cow Protection Bills are not talking about Ban on Beef Exports. It may also be noted that out of the 6 largest Beef Exporting Companies in India 4 are owned by upper caste Hindus which debunks the fake religion argument in the high voltage Cow Politics propaganda.
Farmers sell unproductive Cattle when they are unable to sustain or when they want to invest in more productive assets like any other business person. So, denying the Farmers the right to implement productive options by pushing the Cow Politics on them is not only unfair but a great burden to maintain Cattle till the age of 13 years.
The new Bill passed in Karnataka Assembly undemocratically without debate does not mention what Farmers have to do with unproductive Cattle, will the State buy the unproductive Cattle from the Farmers?
With increased pressure of Cow Politics and stringent laws there is a high possibility of Farmers opting out of Dairy Farming thereby reducing Milk production and eventual death of many Cattle breeds. One also has to note that in States like Karnataka drought year on year will add to Farmer’s troubles as taking care of the Cattle will get expensive leading to more distress and suicides among Farmers.
Current Prime Minister Modi spoke about ending Pink Revolution referring to Beef Exports during his 2014 election campaign, but since then Beef Exports has only increased, taking India to 2nd spot globally.
According to Karnataka State one has to spend Rs100 per day to feed an unproductive Cattle, which means Rs36500 per Cattle per year, and if Karnataka has over 1 lac unproductive Cattle who will pay for it remains unanswered.
With shrinking rural land, Kharab/Gomala land meant for Cattle grazing is eventually getting converted for buyers use, and recently Karnataka Government Revenue Minister allowed 21000 acres of Kharab/Gomala land for conversion by paying twice the guidance value in 18kms radius of Bengaluru city. So, double speak on Cow Politics stands exposed by the actual actions of the Government.
In the charged atmosphere of Cow Political crowning Cow as Mother and not having any consideration for Mother Nature is sheer Hypocrisy. With expanding cities, increase in population density, reduction in agriculture and grazing land bringing in Unscientific Bill is extremely dangerous for the Environment.
Excess grazing has brought down hills and mountains due to soil erosion and Forest land is losing its biodiversity in most parts of India. Irrespective of States India does not have the luxury of feeding crores of unproductive Cattle in the name of Cow Protection. Over 5 lac acres of land in needed to take care of over 6 crore Cattle that become unproductive every year, so there is a need to look at Cow Bill beyond Politics and Optics.
Lest we forget that Mother Nature Fury can take everyone down, hope people will reject Illogical, Unscientific and Emotional Bills eventually, and start embracing Sustainability as the way forward.
- Kavitha Reddy, www.KavithaReddy.in
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Being recognized by Govt of Karnataka, Karnataka AIDS Prevention Society and BBMP for Donating Blood 29 times on 1st Dec 2020 World AIDS Day was indeed a surprise and definitely never expected.
How did it all start?
What started as Social Service in NCC days way back in 1991 almost turned into a habit. I remember when my mother-in-law was admitted in Sagar Apollo and needed platelets, I donated Blood just few days before I left form Advance Mountaineering at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi. I felt fitter than ever in the Mountains and continued to donate Blood whenever someone needed.
2013 changed it all, via Kaagaz Foundation (my NGO) we started organizing Blood Donation Camp on a regular basis almost 2-3 times a year, 26th Jan, 15th Aug, 2nd October, 30th Jan became regular dates of our Blood Camps. Other than our own Blood Camps about 4 times I have donated in the Camps organized by Friends in the locality.
Women and Blood Donation
Yes, women Blood Donors are fewer in number;
There is a huge misconception that women should not donate blood as they have menstrual cycle, they become weak etc, it is indeed a misconception, donating blood during and few days after menstrual cycle can be avoided otherwise women are as eligible as men to donate blood.
Low Weight, less Hemoglobin, Anemic are some of the general reasons for higher rejection rate among women who want to donate blood. I encourage women to focus on their Health, and see Blood Donation as a Healthy habit.
Benefits of Blood Donation
- Saves Lives
- Healthier Heart, Liver and Vascular system
- Reduce harmful Iron stores
- Reduce Risk of Cancer
- Reduces Stress
- Gives Sense of Pride
Being a Blood Donor is Cool! So focus on Health, Donate Blood to Save Lives & to Stay Fit!
- Kavitha Reddy, www.KavithaReddy.in