Bellandur Lake Festival on Aug 5 to bring people closer to waterbody

Bellandur Lake Festival on Aug 5 to bring people closer to waterbody

Bellandur Lake Festival on Aug 5 to bring people closer to waterbody
Bellandur lake is in news again, but this time for good reasons. People living around the 910-acre waterbody in southeastern Bengaluru and members of Bellandur Lake Citizens’ Forum are planning to organise a half-day-long lake festival on August 5. Over 1,000 people have already signed up for the festival, whose idea was mooted just a week ago.

“The idea behind organising the festival is to bring people closer to the waterbody. The lake is a beautiful natural asset of the city. We want to create a platform for people to interact with officials and establish an emotional connect with the waterbody,” Seema Sharma, a member of Bellandur Lake Citizens’ Forum, told DH.

A 10-member forum, comprising residents and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) officials, came up with the idea about the festival at its last meeting. “The BDA is the custodian of the lake. Residents and BDA commissioner are part of the forum. During a discussion on the progress of Bellandur lake’s revival, we thought why not have an event where people from across the city are invited to see the lake and contribute to its improvement. They can question the government and introspect among themselves about what has gone wrong,” she said.

Officials of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority, the BDA and others will take part in the festival. They will interact with citizens and answer their questions.

A walkathon, a cleanliness drive, a poster-making contest, tree plantation, cycling, biking and demos of weed harvesters and aerators will be some of the events at the festival which will be held at two places: near Sobha Cluster and along Bellandur lake road. Besides, there will be a photography exhibition on the present and past condition of the lake. The exhibition will show the places where the waterbody is clean and where it is filled with weeds and froth. “Based on the success of the festival, we will decide on when to conduct the next edition,” Sharma said.
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