Jan 5, 2013 January 2013 PNLITPuttenahalli Lake – The Citizens’ Lake
Flashback to 2008 Lake practically non-existent. A marshy dump yard. Encroached by hutments.
Campaigning commenced in 2009/ 2010• A group of residents from L&T South City got together to start “Save the Lake” campaign with a mission to put Puttenahalli Lake, JP Nagar 7th Phase on the BBMP list of lakes for restoration• BBMP commenced restoration in 2010• A charitable trust Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT) was formed in 2010
Restoration process gained momentum in 2010/11• 200 trees planted in Jul-Oct 2010 by the Trust to restore indigenous plant species• PNLIT signed a MOU with BBMP to maintain lake for three years, in May 2011 June 2010 October 2010
Lake today – Teems with rich aquatic life, attractspeople, recharges the water table, prevents flooding The lake has a 920 m walkway,gazebo, toilets and security cabin. PNLIT employs a sweeper, twogardeners. Other help as needed.
Present Day – A bird habitat More than 60 bird species spotted at the lake so far! Birds photographed at Puttenahalli Lake
Present Day – A place of recreation Walk, run, read, watch the birds or just spend time.
Present Day – A place for nature lovers The lake encourages experts and novices to engage with nature.
Honours for PNLIT – 2012 PNLIT – Helping the government to help ourselves.
Activities – Tree planting, Community gardening
Managing water No idol immersion in lake waters Getting more water into the lake Rain water harvesting
Managing waste Segregation bins Composting Working with the BBMP
Teach program, Cloth bags Educational support Alternatives to plastic and paper bags
Increasing awareness of the importance of lakes in Bangalore
Tasks ahead – 2013 • Diversion channels to harvest rain water from Brigade Millennium and other streets. • De-weed lake bed. • Irrigation pipeline. • Plant more shrubs and trees. • More volunteer activities . • Continue pursuing relocation of encroachments. • Build Corpus Fund.
The PNLIT Trustees – Jan 2013 Nupur Prasanna Usha Ramaswamy Arathi
• Registered under the Indian Trust Act• Registered u/s 12AA of the Income Tax Act• Donations to PNLIT are exempt u/s 80G of the Income Tax Act Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT) B3, 502, South City Arekere Mico Layout Off Bannerghatta Road Bangalore 560076 Phone: +91 80-41206057 Cell no: +91 7259722996 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
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