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Rejuvenation kicks off at Bidare Agrahara

Residents of Bidare Agrahara are on cloud nine as the rejuvenation of their lake has finally begun after years of neglect. They were happy when their elected representative Aravind Limbavali and officials attended a function to commence the same. “I was born and brought up in this village. It is for the first time that this lake is being rejuvenated. I want to thank our elected representatives and village leaders for their support,’’ said Munirathna, a member of Doddabanahalli Gram Panchayat.

The Bidare Agrahara Lake spreads over 16.09 acres of land, and the size of the water body is 13.52 acres. Its water holding capacity is 61.88 million litres. The length of its main bund is 311 metres, and the maximum depth of the water body is three metres. The rejuvenation process is being supported by Alstom, while their NGO partner and community partner are United Way and ForceGW, respectively.

According to Bengaluru East Taluk Panchayat Executive Officer K Manjunath, Bidare Agrahara Lake is the 17th lake to be taken up for rejuvenation. “An NGO has come forward to rejuvenate this lake under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. We have decided to fence the lake after the rejuvenation is completed,’’ he said, adding that the work is expected to be completed in a year.

Thanking the authorities and village panchayat members, K Muniraju, a social activist, said that the lake’s revival would benefit around 400 families in the area. “The lake will be an ideal location for senior citizens to go for a walk in the morning and evening to keep them physically fit and healthy,’’ said Muniraju.

Expressing similar opinions, Ravi Kumar, a resident of the area, said that the work would also improve the groundwater table in villages around the lake. “The lake has been neglected for many years. We have been approaching the authorities concerned for the last three to four years. I am very happy to know that rejuvenation work will begin in a few days,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, ForceGW president Lingaraj Urs said that Bidare Agrahara is the third lake being developed in the area with an objective to improve the water table of the region, create a bio-diverse environment for flora and fauna to thrive, and a recreational facility for citizens.

“We want this lake to be the go-to destination for people living in the vicinity,” he said.

The lake will have a wetland to manage inflow of dark water, two Miyawaki forests, vetiver planting on the slopes to bind the soil, recreation facilities for children, an open air gym, a walking track around the lake bund, solar lighting, and two culverts.

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