Rejuvenation of lakes, be it in rural or in urban, takes a collective effort. Lake revival is being a trending topic every day in the city. Besides, it is also being evident that collaboration of civic agencies, local governments and residents will bring much sooner and larger impact in this mission.
Chipli-Lingadahalli in Sagar taluk of Shivmoga in Karnataka has understood this much better. And so, a group of villagers, gram panchayat members, farmers, volunteers and water activists together are set to work towards reviving a centuries-old chain of interconnected lakes. They have stepped over a failure of the state government to rejuvenate seven lakes, which have sustained the lives of people for centuries.
The community is seeing the betterment through their efforts. While the scarcity of drinking water and irrigation is encountered to an extent, the recharging of 15,000 open wells in surrounding villages is the main concern.
The revival of these 7 lakes will address the recharging of 15,000 open wells apart from meeting the needs of drinking water and irrigation of areca nut and paddy farmers in about 250 acres of land, says Akhilesh Chipli, an environmentalist.
These volunteers are depending on CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) funds to revive these lakes and they urge all common citizens to join hands.