City firm's weed-controlling mechanism to clean lakes

A city-based company is in talks with the state government and paramilitary forces to adopt a mechanism to protect waterbodies in Bengaluru.  

AlphaMers Limited is in discussion with officials of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) to introduce a weed-controlling mechanism for the city's lakes.

The company had earlier tested this technology at the Halasuru Lake. It tested the algae-control mechanism at Bellandur Lake, too.

D C Sekhar, executive director, AlphaMers, said they were in talks with paramilitary forces and the Central government to stop human activity around the waterbodies by installing underwater and floating barriers.

"We are waiting to apply through the tendering to help the BDA and KLCDA  restore the lakes. We have shown how simple manual tools can be used to clear weeds   and   trash from the waterbodies," he said.

The company recently bagged the Assocham SME Innovation Excellence National Award for its unique innovations in cleaning and protecting the waterbodies. It has also installed a floating trash barrier in the Cooum River, the shortest river draining into the Bay of Bengal.

Sekhar said the same mechanism could be used in Bengaluru. It is also working on creating floating wetlands, which can also be used in the city's waterbodies.

The company is also working closely with oil companies in cleaning oil spills in oceans. It has its own R&D centre in Bengaluru, where prototypes are prepared and tested.

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