Mysuru: The "Project Mysuru Water Positive by 2021" initiated by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Mysuru and district administration, will bring industries from Mysuru together to drive rejuvenation and conservation of lakes in city.
Ramakrishne Gowda, Joint Director, DIC, Mysuru and Suresh Babu, Tahsildar, Mysuru performed “Guddali Pooja” of Thippayyanakere situated adjacent to ring road in Lalitadripura. The rejuvenation of 10 acres Thippayyanakere is being funded by Automotive Axles Ltd under its CSR initiatives. “The silt accumulated for decades has affected the water storage capacity in the tank in spite of Chamundi Hills providing excellent catchment area”, said Ramakrishne Gowda.
Speaking after performing the Gudali Pooja, N Muthukumar, Immediate Past Chairman, CII Mysuru & President/Whole Time Director, Automotive Axles Ltd said, “Lakes are important parts of urban ecosystem and perform significant environmental, social and economic functions like sourcing drinking water, recharging groundwater, acting as sponges to control flooding and supporting bio- diversity. The rejuvenation of lake will include ridding of sewage flow, desilting, erecting of fences to give it a clear identity, removal of encroachments if any, endowment of the surroundings with ornamental plants, gardens, sitting & walking area and will offer a visual treat for the highway travellers. The water tables in the surrounding areas like Lalithadripura, Alanahalli and Nandanahalli have depleted by almost 300 feet and many of the borewells have gone defunct in Alanahalli area. Once Thippayanakere is rejuvenated, it will benefit a large community and increase the ground water level. Its a great opportunity for us to partner in the government efforts of making Mysuru the first Water Positive City in India. The project is being implemented by MYKAPS, a spin off organisation of MYRADA which will increase water storage from current level of 10 million litres to 30 million litres”.
Arjun Ranga, Chairman, CII Mysuru who also spoke on the occasion said, “With incessant drought and consecutive depletion of ground water, there are complex water issues that the city is facing. A robust plan to address such issues on priority basis is the need of the hour. The most effective way to solve the existing problems is creating a healthier ecosystem to save lakes through rejuvenation, restoration, conservation and maintenance. Mysuru has more than 25 lakes and to begin with we have identified 15, which are well connected. Raja Kaluve and CII Mysuru will work very closely with district administration towards protection, conservation and sustainable management of lakes in Mysuru.”
CII Mysuru will act as catalyst in channelisation of the CSR contribution majorly in two areas – public convenience facility in tourist destinations and lake conservation. Few companies have shown active interest and efforts are underway in bringing many more under the same umbrella so that substantial benefits and robust brand image is created for Mysuru.
Deputy Commissioner D Randeep, has entrusted the departments concerned with the responsibility of working closely with the organisations to ensure all support and necessary approvals on time. The identification, survey of lakes and coordination with the industries and implementing agencies are being coordinated by Ramakrishne Gowda and V Mouli, Head, CII Mysuru. Members of welfare associations from Sardar Vallabai Patel Nagara were also present on the occasion and assured all support for maintenance of the lake.