Compiled by Divya Shetty
As we step into a new year and a new beginning, we look forward to giving a second lease of life to Puttenahalli Lake. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has dewatered the lake and will be getting it desilted in January. We do hope to get it back in its full glory once the 2021 monsoon sets in. Meanwhile, the plants at the lake are growing lush, trees are fruiting and perhaps due to fewer footfalls at the lake, the chirping of chicks is heard even in the parking area!
July 2020 – December 2020
11th July : PNLIT Chairperson Usha Rajagopalan was invited to be a speaker at a web dialogue “Post covid world and conservation and management of water resources” organised by Global Foundation for Advancement of Environment and Human Wellness and Central Himalayan Institute for Nature & Applied Research (CHINAR).
22nd July: PNLIT gardeners installed a sprinkler system to irrigate the bird hotspot island. Time taken to water the island is thereby reduced to less than 30 minutes.
24th July: A myna which was found hanging from a stray thread near the island was rescued and freed.
29th July: Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) completed the work of laying the new pipeline and after more than two years, arrested the inflow of sewage into the lake. Chief Engineer (BWSSB) inspected the completed work.
4th August: The Times of India featured Puttenahalli Lake in a report, “Lake experts question landscaping tender”.
22nd August: To mark PNLIT’s 10th anniversary and also reciprocate the contributions of long time donors, the trust invited them to adopt trees at the lake. 35 boards with names of donors were printed and put up on trees of their choice.
5th September: PNLIT collaborated with Snehadhara Foundation to conduct an online story telling session for International Literacy Day. As with the previous years, the two new stories were from Pratham Books’ ‘One Day, One Story’ campaign – “ Angry Akku” written and illustrated by Vinayak Varma and “The Girl Who Could Not Stop Laughing” written by Meera Ganapathi and illustrated by Rosh. The zoom meeting link and instructions were sent to the 150 participants from across the country who had registered for the event. On the day, over 66 children joined in for the digital storytelling. The interactive session was recorded in three short videos (given below) and uploaded to YouTube on Sept.8th, International Literacy Day.
8th September: Trellises made with bamboo poles and meshes were fixed to support climbers Galphimia and Scarlet vine. These will help to block noise and dust from the adjacent road as well.
11th September: PNLIT set up an Education Fund to provide financial assistance to the staff’s children attending school and college. Volunteer teachers started taking tuition classes (online and at the lake premises) to help the kids achieve good academic performance.
25th October: PNLIT staff celebrated Ayudha Pooja at the lake by worshipping tools and machinery.
11th November: The colour-changing Hibiscus Mutabilis commonly known as Cotton rose bloomed for the first time at the lake drawing much attention from the walkers.
25th November: Usha Rajagopalan conducted a virtual tour of Puttenahalli Lake for an online IFS training programme on “Conservation issues related to inland lakes in the country in the context of climate change”. She spoke about rejuvenating the lake through local involvement and leadership. The event was organised by Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute (EMPRI).
28th November: Sewage from a damaged pipeline in an adjoining layout entered the lake. To curb the inflow, BWSSB fixed it temporarily before getting it permanently repaired on 30th December.
15th December: BBMP workers began to dewater the lake. They completed the work on 28th December.