WAKE THE LAKE

Lakes have always been the lifeline of Bangalore. Unfortunately, years of economic growth and population expansion have had their consequences — in as little as 40 years; the 380 lakes in Bengaluru have been reduced to just 81.

Wake the Lake is our flagship campaign that aims to make a difference by reviving the dying lakes of Bengaluru. This initiative is a strong demonstration of the collaboration between civic bodies, corporates, and citizens for the larger good. That’s not all; the Government of Karnataka has been our biggest patron in supporting this initiative. Over the last decade, Wake the Lake has successfully reclaimed and restored over 20 lakes, which were on the verge of complete collapse. This process of restoration involved clearing them of sewage, improving the quality of water, greening the lake environs and turning them into active community spaces.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LAKES IN BENGALURU HAS GIVEN RISE TO SEVERAL PROBLEMS

  • According to a study, the water bodies of the city have reduced from 3.40 per cent in 1973 to just about 1.47 per cent in 2005
  • The built up area increased from 27.30 per cent to 45.19 per cent during the same period
  • There is considerable decline in the water quality and deterioration of flora and fauna due to depletion of dissolved oxygen
  • Migration of birds has reduced owing to loss of their sanctuaries
  • Increase in environment-related diseases
  • Frequent flooding and microâ€"climatic changes in the city
  • Loss of livelihood for local fishing communities

HOW WE DRIVE CHANGE

  • Monitor the lake and keep it free from garbage, effluents, and other pollutants
  • Revive the ecosystem in and around the lake by creating a micro climate for aquatic flora and fauna
  • Bring about community ownership through active volunteerism

The revival of lakes transformed them into thriving ecosystems teeming with fish, ducks, and birds. These lakes have become a recreational hub for all members of the community as well.

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