Infosys Foundation has joined hands with the Mysuru district administration and other stakeholders for the conservation of Hebbal Lake at a cost of Rs. 30 crore.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Chairperson, Infosys Foundation Sudha Murthy and Deputy Commissioner C Shikha was signed for conserving the lake, spread over 40 acres.
The conservation works on the lake, Sudha Murthy said, would be completed in 15 months and the foundation would maintain it for five years. Thereafter, the lake’s maintenance would be the onus of the government (Mysuru City Corporation).
She said this conservation was the first such venture by the foundation, and it was because of her fondness for Mysuru and the Mysuru royal family. “My husband (N R Narayana Murthy, Infosys founder) has a special bond with Mysuru. The Mysuru kings protected our language and culture,” she said.
A major chunk of the funds will go for setting up a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), which will come up on a three-acre plot allotted to the foundation next to the lake. Sudha Murthy said membrane technology from Germany will be adopted for the 8-mld capacity STP. The recycled sewage water will be flowed back into the lake.
DC Shikha said that the Hebbal lake conservation with private partnership was the largest in the state. The administration, she said, had done all the ground work for six months before reaching this stage of signing the MoU. “The silt removal work has commenced. The ownership of the lake will remain with the government,” she said.
It may be mentioned here that Infosys Foundation had earlier restored the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion in Manasagangotri campus of the University of Mysore, here, a decade ago.
MCC Commissioner C G Betsurmath, MUDA Commissioner Mahesh, Assistant Commissioner Anand, Tahsildar Naveen Joseph and officials from the Infosys Foundation were present.