Rallies, walkathons mark World Water Day
Bengaluru: March 26, 2017, DHNS 1:46 IST
Schoolchildren, officials, WaterAid India organisation and volunteers from like-minded civic groups marked World Water Day by taking out a rally from BBMP office in Bellandur to Yemalur to build awareness about issues related to water with tableaux, placards and by raising slogans on conservation methods.
Organised by Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), a non-profit organisation that works on water, sanitation, and hygiene education in parts of Bengaluru, the rally saw the participation of over 200 people. One of the directors from SVYM, Kumaraswamy said, “With water crisis looming large over the state, saving water is the need of the hour.”
Similarly, a group of activists from Bangalore Civic Leadership Incubation Programme (B.Clip) team launched a water conservation campaign under the banner ‘Bengaluru Water Warriors’ by taking out a walkathon from Kanteerava Stadium to the Queen’s statue in Cubbon Park. A short video made by ‘Beautiful Bengaluru’ citizen’s group on water preservation was released on the occasion. The video would be circulated on social media to reach out to a large number of people.
A core volunteer of the campaign and B.Clip member Meenakshi Ravikrishna said they are in talks with the BBMP to hold 'Jal Utsav' with Compost Santhe conducted by the civic agency, every week. “Jal Utsav will see the participation of rainwater harvesting (RWH) experts and RWH-trained plumbers where information on RWH, stopping of water leaks and other useful details will be disseminated. To start with, we will hold the first workshop at BTM Layout in the first week of April and will tie up with apartment complexes,” added Meenakshi.