Bangalore, once the city of lakes, is now being drained of each drop every day.
So many have of us have consciously tried to rewrite this disastrous script to give it a good climax, including the government. And yes, we are doing it, one lake at a time. But is that enough?
We need to make sure that the hard work being put into the rejuvenation process is meaningful and is not allowed to waste away. In fact, some of these rejuvenation processes are of only cosmetic changes and no real time issues are done. This is because real work requires time, effort and the willingness to change the policies and methodologies if and when required.
But most often than not, we do not want to put in that extra effort. This reluctance to do so defeats the whole purpose and cancels out whatever efforts that have been put in already.
Ram Prasad, co-founder and convener, Friends of Lakes had stated that the rejuvenation process is flawed in itself. Water quality issues are ignored or rather, overlooked as we tend to assume that the lakes will come back to life with a little help.
They would, if it weren’t for our continuous dumping of sewage even after rejuvenating the lakes. No matter the amount of sewage let into the waters, sewage is still sewage.
He seems to be of the opinion that we require collaborative efforts for these activities – the government departments to work with the integrated water management. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Join us on our journey Wake the Lake project as we set out to revive the dying lakes of Bengaluru.