By Reena Pillai
The three-day Kere Sankranthi celebrations organised by United Way Bengaluru, BBMP, corporate partner Infinera and Uttarahalli Maghekere Nadigedharara Vedike (UMNV) culminated at the Uttarahalli Lake today on 14th January, 2017 among 500 active community members of Uttarahalli. The entrance of the lake was decorated with the newly harvested produce like sugarcane, paddy, ragi, groundnuts, aurekai, coconuts, fruits and decked with traditional rangoli and flowers. The other lakes where Kere Sankrathi was celebrated with active community members present were Kaudenahalli Lake on 12th January, Seegehalli Lake and Saulkere on the 13th January.
Mr.M.Krishnappa, MLA (Bengaluru South) Constituency, Bengaluru, Mr. Hanumanthaiah, BBMP Corporator,Ward No:184 Uttarahalli, Bengaluru, and Mr. Manish Michael, Executive Director United Way Bengaluru, Bengaluru were the chief guests for the event.
On the occasion Mr Hanumanthaiah BBMP Corporator, Ward No:184 Uttarahalli said, “Day by day the Uttarahalli lake has seen tremendous development since the last three years. Be it the Gym, the stopped of sewage or providing water supply, along with United Way Bengaluru and other leaders we have ensured that the lake is developed. In the future, we would like to increase the capacity of the STP to ensure that only treated water and rainfall flows into the lake. We also want to ensure that there is scope for the interested people to take up fishing enterprise. With the support from United Way Bengaluru, the corporation, Mr Krishnappa and other leaders we hope to continue to develop the lake. On this auspicious and joyous occasion, I wish one and all a very happy Sankrathi.”
A 1.5 kms of water pipeline facility was inaugurated during the event. This will ensure that there is continuous water for the gardening facilities for 10,000 trees and plants around the lake which were planted around the Uttarahalli Lake when the rejuvenated work commenced under United Way Bengaluru’s ‘Wake the Lake’ campaign three years ago.
Manish Michael, Executive Director, United Way Bengaluru who was felicitated which traditional shawl and garlands said, “The harvest festival historically has been celebrated in the community. Shrinking spaces in our cities is taking away the charm of such festivals. Rejuvenated lakes provide us the opportunity to come together to celebrate festivals together. United Way Bengaluru is happy to facilitate such programs in several lakes across the city.”
Rashi puja for the bountiful crop was performed and the customary ellu bella was distributed among all.