Kundalahalli Rising: NGO, MNC team up to revive lake

Kundalahalli Rising: NGO, MNC team up to revive lake

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-02-11 20:48 Bengaluru: More and more residents in the city are taking the lead in finding innovative solutions to long-standing problems affecting the public.Whitefield Rising, an NGO based in Bengaluru, and MNC Qualcomm have come together to build a sewage treatment plant at Kundalahalli lake to keep the lake pure.Terming the project as “unique”, Arvind Keerthi, a volunteer with Whitefield Rising, said the project would greatly help residents of Whitefield and surrounding areas. “Earlier, Kundalahalli lake's water used to be contaminated by sewage and waste water released from nearby residential apartments. But now the plant would keep the lake pure.”"The plant will purify the water and make sure that sufficient water is released during the summer season. The plant has a capacity to treat 800 kilolitres of waste water per day.“We took an initiative to develop the lake and purify it by constructing a treatment plant which is first of its kind in the city as it has been developed by Qualcomm software under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity,” said Arvind.Worried over the steady deteriorating quality of water in the lake, Whitefield Rising contacted the BBMP and then moved to get the corporate sector on board for their efforts.“So we spoke to them [corporate sector] over the issue and now it is being done. I feel happy because the tax money paid by the company is directly helping the development of the lake,” said the volunteer.Lauding the “unique andfruitful project” taken up by Qualcomm under their CSR activity and Whitefield Rising, BV Sathish, Chief Engineer, Lake Division, BBMP, said BBMP had already taken up similar kind of projects at Dasarahalli lake, Uttarahalli lake, Dorekere lake and Yerohalli. “In two months we will include Deepanjali lake as well,” said Sathish.  “If we get the same kind of help from the corporate sector, then it will be possible for us to maintain and save our lakes in the city,” he said.The sewage treatment plant will have its ground-breaking ceremony on February 22 at Kundalahalli lake.