Mysuru, May 22:- The ground breaking ceremony for rejuvenation of Kempegowdanna Katte Lake under Project Mysuru Water Positive by 2021 was launched in the city on Monday.
Project “Mysuru Water Positive by 2021” initiated by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Mysuru and the District Administration will bring industries together to drive rejuvenation and conservation of lakes in and around Mysuru.
As part of the project, Ramakrishne Gowda, Joint Director, District Industries Centre, Mysuru and Arjun Ranga, Chairman, CII Mysuru performed the ‘Guddali puja’ of Kempegowdana Katte Lake situated adjacent to ring road at Lalithadripura in the city.
The rejuvenation of one acre Kempegowdana Katte Lake is being funded by SBI under its CSR initiatives.
“With the support of the nearby residents’ associations, the lake can be restored and maintained well. Government and CII can initiate such projects, but it is in the hands of the residents to look after these lakes after restoration,” said Ramakrishne Gowda.
Arjun Ranga said “It’s a great opportunity for us to partner with the government efforts in making Mysuru the first Water Positive City in India. To achieve this, we need to create a healthier ecosystem to save lakes through rejuvenation, restoration, conservation and maintenance. Mysuru has more than 25 lakes; to begin with we have identified 15 lakes in and around Mysuru, which are well connected. CII Mysuru and its member companies will work very closely with the District Administration towards protection, conservation and sustainable management of lakes in Mysuru.”
“Some companies have shown interest and efforts are underway in bringing many more under this project, so that substantial benefit and robust brand image is created for Mysuru,” he added.
The identification, survey of lakes and coordination with the industry and implementing agency is being coordinated by Ramakrishne Gowda.
The rejuvenation of lake will have desilting, erecting fences, constructing and strengthening the bund around the lake, remove encroachments if any, plant ornamental plants in the surrounding, walking path and will offer a visual treat for the highway travellers.
The project is being implemented by MYKAPS, a spin off organisation of MYRADA.
The members of Welfare Association from K R Srinivasan IPS Nagar, who were present on the occasion, assured full support for maintenance of the lake going forward. -(KK)