Feb 4th Nature Walk
A mixed group of 25+ adults, kids and 2 infants in strollers had assembled on Saturday (Feb 4th) at 4 PM for a Nature walk with Deepa, who along with her other naturalist friends – Chandra, Jagdeesh, Padma, Ramaswamy, Sriram, Vidhya and young Keerthana asked and answered all their curious questions.
The group ambled around for more than an hour around the lake observing, touching, learning and sharing what they saw on that bright Saturday afternoon. They got 25 species of birds, which was documented by Vidhya at:
Feb.25th Sudha Ragunathan Concert
Much like the nurturing of our Puttenahalli Lake, the PNLIT concert featuring Padma Bhushan Sudha Ragunathan on 25th Feb. at MLR Convention Hall was a community event with several volunteers from the locality chipping in. We give our heartfelt thanks to the volunteers, our donors- Jenesys Technologies, the concert sponsor, and to Brigade Hospitality for the venue and accommodation for the artists.
Smt. Sudha Ragunathan paid a visit to the lake on the morning of 25th Feb. After the visit of renowned ornithologist Zafar Futehally in 2012, she’s the most celebrated visitor to the lake to date and it was indeed one we will cherish. We escorted her to the Viewing Deck briefing her about what we had done, how, why and when. She listened intently and found the Artificial Floating Islands particularly interesting. Smt. Ragunathan was happy to know that volunteers had planted the trees and the shrubs and especially about the mosquito repelling quality of the Vitex Negundo. She readily posed with us for photographs at the lake before leaving.
The MLR convention hall was donned with intricate filigree like kolam or rangoli at the entrance thanks to Janani’s creativity. She made a more contemporary design of musical bars notes outside the Hall. Above that, hung PNLIT banners depicting the evolution of the lake from a dry ground to a thriving one. Standees of birds completed the exhibition which caught the attention of the audience. Occupying their seats, they got to see a slide show of sights and scenes from Puttenahalli Lake followed by a short film on the reviving of the lake.
With Sudha Ragunathan, Mr. Gautham and Mrs. Gautham of Jenesys, Mr. Gurmeet Singh from Brigade Hospitality and Usha Rajagopalan, Chairperson, PNLIT lighting the lamp, the evening had officially begun.
The concert was a good opportunity to release our newsletter and to felicitate our well-wishers and CSR partners. Mr. B.V. Satish, former Chief Engineer, Lakes, BBMP received the first copy of our newsletter “Ripples” from the singer. PNLIT partners felicitated were Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Ltd., VMware, Deloitte Shared Services India Pvt. Ltd., Cisco, BMS College of Engineering and the Community around the lake whose donations enable us to nurture the lake.
Smt. Sudha Ragunathan gave a short speech appreciating the effort taken by PNLIT to nurture the lake and made an earnest appeal to the audience to support environment and efforts of people like us. Connoisseur or novice, Smt. Sudha Ragunathan wowed us all.
March 14th Empri March
The office at Doresanipalya Forest Campus was abuzz from 8 a.m. on Tues, 14th March. EMPRI staff, researchers, citizen activists, representatives from BBMP, Hasiru Dala, workers and rag pickers, all wearing black Tee shirts waited for the signal to start off a procession. The message was simple but vital – Say no to Plastic.
Roping in a few residents from the area, we from PNLIT were also a part of the procession shouting slogans and walking from EMPRI Office towards our Puttenahalli Lake. It drizzled. People on the road took shelter and listened to our slogans as we marched on. More people joined en route and by the time we reached the lake a good 45 minutes later, we were over 180!
We took the volunteers to the two places in the lake premises with the maximum plastic waste – on either side of the slum. Everyone started removing the plastic bags, gutka satchets and other odds and ends which over time would have done irreparable damage to the ground below.
While the rag pickers and BBMP staff were impressed with how clean the rest of the lake was, EMPRI Director, Mr. Vinaya Kumar and his colleagues were appreciative of how the lake looked – water rippling, the birds so engrossed in feeding and swimming. They were so full of appreciation of our floating islands that Mr. Vinaya Kumar wanted to meet our gardeners, who make the platforms. He listened keenly as Jayanna and Ramu explained to him in detail and complimented them.
By 11 a.m. everyone gathered at and outside the Gazebo. Mr. Basavaraj, Head, Training, EMPRI thanked everybody for their participation. Puttenahalli Lake was their first venue to promote awareness of the hazards of using plastic. We hope to reinforce this with greater vigour not just at the lake premises but in the locality as well. If you would like to join us in this campaign, please email. We need to eradicate this evil before it finishes us off!
Don’t Use Plastic. Plastic kills.