10K marathon for lakes attracts runners, draws promises

10K marathon for lakes attracts runners, draws promises

10K marathon for lakes attracts runners, draws promises

Over 700 people took part in the Marathon to Save Sarjapur Lake, which was held on Sunday at the Yamere ground, near Sompura Lake.

Concerned about the water shortage they face in summer months, the Sarjapur Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA) organised the event to raise awareness among the residents of the 26 lakes in the locality.

Old and young citizens alike took part in the 10K marathon and the 3K ‘maja’ family event.
Muni Raju, president of the Zilla Panchayat, and Narayana Swamy, former minister from Anekal, who were guests at the event, appreciated the efforts of the RWA. Raju promised that he would release Rs 5 lakh immediately for the restoration of the Sompura Lake, for the construction of bunds and a walking track. Rajakaluves would also be cleared to ensure that the area does not get flooded during rains.

He extended his full support to the RWA and asked them to submit a report on the lakes in Anekal taluk, which number more than 40. He also promised to take the report to Union Minister of Urban Development, Venkaiah Naidu.

Photographs of the 26 lakes were displayed at the venue so that the people could see the current state of these water bodies.

Eco-friendly Ganesha idols were being sold and citizens were given information on composting kitchen waste.

Talking about the cause, Jagadish Kotturshettar, president of the association, said, “The most important step is to ensure that Sarjapur remains a place where people can live with water availability. The lakes need to stay alive, and serve as catchment for rainwater, sustaining the ecological life that is around them.”

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