Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
When Usha reached the lake, she found that two men had cut the bulrushes and were waiting for them to dry! Gardener S'ayya was hauled up and he said that during the Doodle programme that morning someone was cutting the grass. Grass cutting has been allowed on the lake sides by PNLIT because the grass does need to be cut and it is good food for the cows and buffaloes of Puttenahalli. Now a blanket order has been given that no one will be permitted to cut any kind of grass.
For me, it was an absolute honour to be representing PNLIT on stage along with the other project finalists. It was disappointing that PNLIT did not figure in the eventual list of 4 winners who were chosen based on public voting (30% weightage) and jury voting (70% weightage).
3rd place (Rs 20 lakh grant): Education of rural Out of System Children (Divyadeepa)
Friday, April 20, 2012
For the past few days, for some reason or the other, PNLIT Trustees, PNLIT Mitra and others have been going to the lake as early as 6.30/7 a.m everyday and returning after a few hours. Early this morning, Usha and Sapana were rewarded by getting to sail in a coracle! The coracle was used to facilitate a technical expert from France gauge the depth and test the purity of the water. Not much good news on these fronts. It seems the ideal amount of DO (Dissolved Oxygen) throughout the lake should be 4 ppm (parts per million). However, in our lake it was only 1 ppm at the surface at 7.30 a.m. and 0 or 0.1 at the bottom of the lake. Though it is no consolation, according to Mathew (the French expert) who did a similar study at Ulsoor lake y/day our lake is apparently much better than that one! His advise is not to leave in the water any weed that we pull out from the lake bed. It seems the process of decaying will deplete the oxygen further. He also said that the quantity of oxygen in the deeper areas will increase during the day when the plants release it.
Text: Usha Rajagopalan
Thursday, April 19, 2012
- Discussions with Spark the Rise Finalists: How can grassroots movements fuel change in India? A revolving group discussion between project champions and a group of influencers focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and movements. Our discussion moderators include: Atul Chitnis from FOSS.IN, Geetika Dayal and Manish Joshi from The Indus Entrepreneurs, Priya Naik from Samhita, Vinod Keni from Aavishkaar, Shrey Goyal from Villgro, and Deval Sanghavi from Dasra. To find out more about the topics, see below. Time: 2pm-3pm
- Power-talks on Scaling Up—Social Impact and Value Proposition: Solomon Prakash from Ashoka India, and ParvathiMenon from Innovation Alchemy will provide insights on how social ventures can increase their impact. Communities can watch the power-talks live at www.sparktherise.com, on the Mahindra facebook page, and on their mobile. Time: 3pm-4pm
- Awards Ceremony: The 4 Grand Finale Winners will be announced! 1 crore in funding will be given to the winning Change-makers. Communities can watch this event live at www.sparktherise.com, on the Mahindra facebook page, and on their mobile! Time: 5:30pm-6:45pm
2. Nine out of ten innovative ideas never see the light of day. How can we bring more innovative ideas out into the open? – Moderated by Geetika Dayal and Manish Joshi from The Indus Entrepreneurs.
4. What are the five biggest pitfalls for new startups, and how can they be avoided? – Moderated by VinodKeni from Aavishkaar.
6. How can grassroots movements change India? And what can we learn from successful examples? – Moderated by DevalSanghavi from Dasra.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
was held on 7th April. The participants were not many but they had
come from across the city including a couple from Richmond Town!
Jyothi Nagaraj from RBI layout explained the concept to the volunteers
and got them to inspect the beds which the PNLIT gardeners had
About 11 patches for gardening have been developed. The red soil with
manure on raised beds have been laid out. Watering for the next few
days should make it ideal to start sowing the seeds.
Jyothi collected the list of volunteers with details such as email and
phone numbers and came up with a schedule of who will be working on
the patches on what day. To start with dantu and palak will be sown in
about 3-4 patches and subsequently this will be extended to the other
patches as well.
The team met again on 12th April, Thursday @ 7 am to sow the seeds and
water the plants. See the pictures taken here.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Too often we do not notice that little ladybird sitting on a pale green leaf or the cobweb in an early morning glistening with dew drops. These are the small pleasures that uplift our mood and give meaning to our day. These are invaluable lessons in appreciating natural wonders which stay with us as we grow older.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
This gives us all an idea of the complexity of any lake-saving effort in Bangalore, and possibly in other parts of India, and the significance of PNLIT's efforts in saving and now nurturing Puttenahalli Lake.
Read the story - Another lake in Bangalore vanishes
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Several nearby residents have already expressed their interest in community gardening. All those interested are invited to attend a meeting tomorrow, Sat. 7th April at 4 p.m. at the lake. The intent of the meet is to explain the concept of community garden, divide the volunteers into groups and allocate the patches that they need to work on.
We have obtained good red soil and manure. The gardeners have prepared the ground for you to work on. It's overcast in Bangalore this evening. Let's hope it rains tonight and makes the soil easier to work with in the coming days.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT) is trying to raise money for the recently revived Puttenahalli Lake through the Mahindra Spark the Rise competitive funding. The entry "PNLIT – Nurturing Puttenahalli Lake back to its pristine glory" is to serve as a template for reviving lakes with active public participation.
Your support in the December preliminary round of voting, helped Puttenahalli Lake win a grant of Rs 4 lakh from Spark the Rise. Now a large amount of additional funding is at stake in the Grand Finale of Spark the Rise.
- Your vote can help win funds for the lake. There are 4 prizes: Rs 40 lakh (1), Rs 20 lakh (3).
When to vote?
- 2nd April – 15th April 2012
How to vote?
- To vote by SMS (from India mobile number) - SMS MHRISE P07 to 54646
- To vote online
- Visit www.sparktherise.com
- Click on our project - "PNLIT – Nurturing Puttenahalli Lake back to its pristine glory" to go to our project page
- Click on the "Vote" button and follow the instructions online
- Puttenahalli Lake, like the other two lakes in JP Nagar was dying till a few residents campaigned to save it.
- In 2010, the BBMP began restoring the 13-acre water body that lies between Brigade Millennium and L&T South City.
- In May 2011, the BBMP handed over the lake to PNLIT for nurturing for 3 years.
- This Puttenahalli Lake is sometimes confused with the significantly bigger Jarganahalli Lake near Elita Promenade (that is also called Sarakki Lake/ Puttenahalli Lake) and the Yelahanka Puttenahalli Lake.
- Namma Bengaluru's first citizen caretakers of a lake!
- Is instrumental in giving a new lease of life to a lake; a home to over 50 species of birds in an around the lake!
- More information at http://www.puttenahallilake.in
Why does PNLIT need funds?
- PNLIT has been officially handed over Puttenahalli Lake for nurturing, for a period of 3 years (May 2011-2014).
- While the restoration of the lake was done by the BBMP, PNLIT receives no government funding. The day-to-day expenses of the lake are being met primarily through individual donations.
- Apart from the routine expenses, PNLIT has some investment requirements and ideas to improve the level and quality of the water of this rain-fed lake, make it a secure bird habitat and an enjoyable Public Open Space, through citizen participation.
- PNLIT has other eco-initiatives - promotion of cloth bags, waste management, nature walks and other programmes for the improvement of environmental sensitivity.
- The aim is to make the Puttenahalli Lake Model replicable at other lakes and Public Open Spaces.