Saturday, May 26, 2012

Look out for PNLIT runners during the TCS run

Tomorrow is the Day!

The TCS World 10K run is tomorrow in Bangalore. It will be telecast live on television (Star Plus, Star Suvarna, Doordarshan Sports) tomorrow 27th May 2012. 

Race schedule:
World 10K Men - 7:10 a.m. Women - 7:55 a.m.
Senior Citizens Run 4K 7:20 a.m.
Wheelchair event 4K 7:50 a.m.
Open 10K 8:00 a.m. (has PNLIT runners)
Majja Run 5.7K 9:00 a.m. (has PNLIT runners)

Procam has informed PNLIT that they will be covering the PNLIT story during the run. They did a shoot at the lake and will be doing some PNLIT following during the live telecast. 

Thanks very much to all the runners (about 10-15 of them) who are running for PNLIT and trying to raise funds for our lake nurturing effort. Look out for them during the run, wearing green PNLIT bibs on their backs. 

We are happy that we have received some donations through the PNLIT page on the Bangalore Cares website. Some cheques and cash donations have also been received offline. Even after the run, contributions are welcome! 

Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust-PNLIT

We wish our 10K runners the very best for the run and hope that each of them achieves their best 10K timings. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

People's Green Award - Simple voting - Please vote for PNLIT!

We are delighted to tell you that PNLIT has been shortlisted for the People's Green Award instituted as part of the TCS World 10K. Public voting and Jury assessment will together decide the final three winners.

PNLIT is a local people's initiative to tackle the problem of dying lakes and water shortage through public participation. We were instrumental in getting the Puttenahalli Lake restored and are the first citizens' group in Bangalore to officially maintain a lake. We work within a very tight budget from donations made mostly by individual well wishers. 

The People's Green Award will help us get some financial support and also encourage others to take up lake restoration in their neighbourhood. Together we can save more lakes and avert the impending water crisis in our city.

We appeal to you to please vote for us. VOTING IS SIMPLE. No form to be filled, no Captcha to be deciphered! JUST 3 STEPS

> Click here
> Choose PNLIT
> Enter your name and email id. Click on Submit to register your vote. 

Voting closes towards the end of June but do not wait. VOTE NOW!

Please help us win by forwarding this mail to all your relatives, friends and colleagues. 
For more information about PNLIT, please visit our website.

Many thanks.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Boy drowns in Sarakki Lake

Sorry to share this sad news. Deccan Herald is one paper that got the name of the lake correct. Others have reported the lake where the incident took place (Sarakki Lake) as Puttenahalli Lake. 

Deccan Herald, Newspaper dated 22nd May 2012

Boy drowns in Sarakki lake, brother critical

Bangalore, May 21, 2012, DHNS :

A nine-year-old boy, who went to fish in the Sarakki lake at Puttenahalli along with his four-year-old brother, drowned in the muddy waters on Monday afternoon.

Passersby who spotted the boys Vivek and Dhanush drowning, tried to rescue them, but Vivek had died by the time he was pulled out of the water.

Vivek was studying in third standard.

Dhanush, an LKG student, is undergoing treatment in the ICU at a private hospital.

Vivek and Dhanush, children of Renuka and Venkatesh, who runs Vivek Security Agency, regularly went for fishing in the lake, which is just about 200 metres from their house. 

The lake had swollen due to the recent rains.

Dr Somayaji told Deccan Herald that the condition of Dhanush was still critical but stable. 

The boy had consumed a lot of contaminated water and his blood had turned acidic. It may also lead to lung infection and other complications, Somayaji said.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday evening at the lake

Update from Vijay of the Community Gardening group. Next session on Sat 19th May, 4 p.m.

From: Vijay Kumar
Date: Sun, May 13, 2012

Hey All,
Myself with Vivek, Prajna & Jyothi met after initially doubtful start due to thunderstorms, lighting & rains at 4:30 PM. (We had a giant guest to the lake, check pictures)
Today we have finished the following work,
    1. Manured the trees left side
    2. Manured the trees right and left side inside the grills of the lake
With this we have finished manuring all of the trees and saplings in the lake today. ( luckily the rains had stopped and didn't stop us from coming to the lake )
Next action:
1. We need to still lay new saplings in the vacant areas
2. We have fourth & fifth (saplings) bed ready and we planned to do with methi and others
2. Clean up the entrance and other parts of the lake. 
We plan to do it in the following days ahead.
We have decided to meet up again on next Saturday @ 4:00 PM. 
Please find attached the memories of the weekend @ Lake.

Community gardening progress

Less than two months ago we had formed a team of volunteers to do community gardening at the lake. Though a small group, they have been working with great diligence and enthusiasm. An update sent yesterday by one of them, Vivek Krishna, is below. Clearly they have had a great time! To keep up pace with them, we've bought some 50 saplings and manure from Lal Bagh nursery last Friday. 
If you would like to join Vivek and his friends, please email (or better still, just join them today evening at 4 p.m.!). Alternately/additionally if you'd like to make a donation to the lake trust, you are most welcome! 
PNLIT has been maintaining the lake from June 2010 only with the help of donations from well wishers like you and volunteers like Vivek Krishna and his friends. 

From: vivek krishna
Date: Sat, May 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Hi All,

Was a very productive day at the lake :)

We met up at 4 PM and tended to the three patches first: watered, de-weeded, put manure and watered some more.
We then dug up shallow trenches along all the plant/tree, put manure and covered it with back sand and leaves. Vijay and I dug up & covered the trenches while Prajna and Pooja (Jyothi's neighbor, who will be joining our group) put the manure.
We did it for the entire stretch on the right side (the side the patches are on). So we covered a lot of ground indeed :)

The plan for tomorrow is to meet up at 4 PM (Vijay, Jyothi, Pooja, Prajna & I have confirmed). We will manure the trees on the left and also plant a few saplings that were brought over today.

Have attached a few pics from today :). Sorry Jeanne & Jyothi, these were taken when you guys were not around :)

- Vivek

Thursday, May 10, 2012

PNLIT on Treetle

There is now a new website called Treetle, that makes it easy for everyone to pursue all of their interests and passions along with other people around them who are interested in the same things. 

Treetle has an NGO module to help organizations like ours easily coordinate events, post pictures and receive donations (will be rolled out in a couple of weeks), among other things. We have already started the PNLIT club on Treetle and request all of you to join it. Treetle is also promoting PNLIT by advertising our PNLIT club on facebook - you may have already seen it there!

Treetle has many other interesting clubs already being formed around specific interests and activities such as for theatre, photography, motorcyclying, biking, and other NGOs.  So, you can use this for any and all of your interests.

It is completely free to use as well!

Do let Treetle Founder Pankaj know if you have any questions at all.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Students help in trench work for electrical connection!

Today BESCOM linesmen were at the lake to give a light connection from the road to the gazebo, and they needed a trench to be dug to lay the underground cable.

In the absence of labour on a Sunday, a group of students who happened to come to the gazebo to meet a friend helped dig. They knew about PNLIT and had heard Arathi and Usha at BMSCE Utsav. :-) Vidula pitched in too!

The boys put in good work and dug a trench half foot in depth. This is still only half way and our gardeners will complete the job. The students said that they live in the area and visit the lake almost everyday, so they've been invited to volunteer for PNLIT.

The trench marker photo below marks the place where the cable is laid.

Text and photos: Usha Rajagopalan