Art of Living starts another phase of the Kumudvathi Rejuevenation

Posted on: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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The Art of Living under the aegis of Volunteer For A Better India launched 'Enhancing Green Cover' phase of the Kumudvathi River Rejuvenation Project on Sunday which envisages increasing the green cover by planting a lakh saplings in the river basin near Bangalore over a period of one year.

Launching this initiative, more than 700 saplings of local varieties like atti ashwatha, ala, gone, nerale, halasu, maavu were planted by 800 volunteers on Sunday.

"Increased tree population along the river course will give twin benefits of soil erosion control as well as increase in soil moisture. About 1,000 trees in each of the village will increase the green cover and bring resultant benefits. Local varieties of trees and those giving some income to the villagers will be propagated. Already 2,350 saplings have been planted by volunteers and farmers in the basin," said Lingaraju, Project Co-ordinator.

The 'Kumudvathi River Rejuvenation' plan is a three-year project, envisaged under the 'Volunteer for a Better India' programme, to revive this endangered waterway that could potentially address a part of Bangalore's water needs.

In the past four months, five water recharge well have been constructed in Srinvivasapura, Kerekattiganur, Kambalu, Soldevana Halli and Yentagana Halli. As many as 74 Boulder Checks in first level stream of river have been constructed, 18 kalyanis (step wells) have been cleaned, two Go Kuntes have been rejuvenated and 2,350 saplings have been planted in 7 villages.

The project volunteers are taking several other measures to promote environment sustainability. Numerous awareness sessions are being held for women and children in making the villages clean of plastic. Health camps organised in the villages has been of help to women and children from the villages.

Source: Times of India

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