Saving Lives by Saving Water in Bangalore
I was inspired by a project titled “Walk for Water, ” a walkathon aimed at creating awareness on the rejuvenation program taken up by The Art of Living for the River Kumudvathi.
The awareness walk began from Mahatma Gandhi Statue, M.G Road via Queens Circle, Cubbon Park, K.R. Circle to Freedom Park. Addressing the gathering here Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “If Kumudavathi river is revived, Bangalore will be saved. Illegal sand mining should be stopped and people should be made aware of this. With our team of experts and scientists in the past two months, springs in eight villages have been revived.”
Hosted by The Art of Living under the aegis of it’s campaign, “Volunteer for a Better India,” the “Kumudvathi River Rejuvenation” plan is a three-year program to revive this endangered waterway that could potentially address 60% of Bangalore’s water needs. In the past three months, seventy-eight boulder checks and five recharge wells have been constructed and seventeen Kalyanis have been cleaned and repaired by volunteers.
The second phase of the project will focus on increasing green cover by planting 2,50,000 saplings of local variety trees in government and private lands covering all 288 villages at approximately 800 to 1,000 saplings per village. Planting of saplings will aid in preventing soil erosion and retaining soil moisture in the river basin.
Volunteers have been continuously dedicating their time every Sunday to volunteer at the catchment area to breathe life into the river.
“After this work started, the ‘gomalas’ (tanks for cattle), ‘ingugundis’ (water recharge pit), and ‘kalyanis’ have been constructed. Because of the ‘ingugundis’ water in the kalyanis has increased, and it is boosting the eco-system as there is more water for the birds and animals,” shared a farmer from the kumudvati basin who was taking part in the walkathon.