Art of Living initiates Kumudvathi River rejuvenation program

Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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BANGALORE: With water crisis looming large in the city and 200 villages in the Kumudvati River belt, the Art of Living launched the 'Kumudvathi River Rejuvenation Program' in February 2013, under the banner of its initiative 'Volunteer for a Better India' (VBI).

VBI is a platform for citizens to address crucial social issues through a spirit of volunteerism by giving one hour to the nation through any activity.
Since the launch of the programme, over 2,000 volunteers have been working in villages, in and around the river basin, spearheaded by geological scientist Lingaraju Yale and his team.

In the last month, volunteers have been working in the Nelamangala taluk in the river basin, in the villages of Kerekattegenoor, Arebommanahalli, T-Beguru, Srinivaspura, Yentaganahalli and Soldevanahalli. Work conducted in this area includes cleanliness and river rejuvenation awareness program.
Speaking on the programme Lingaraja said, "The steps that we need to take for the success of this program are Village Level Planning, integrations in micro and mini watersheds, bringing awareness among the farmers, preparation of action plan with Grampanchayats, implementation of recharge structures, increasing vegetation cover, and motivating people to adopt horticultural plantation for water conservation. We are hopeful that at the current drive of efforts by volunteers, in 3 years all the villages in the Kumudvathi River basin will be free from water scarcity and the river itself will flourish as before."

Source: TOI

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