Mysuru, December 16:- Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath inaugurated ‘Karanjikere Utsava’ to be held for two days from today to create awareness on the importance of lake conservation and the role played by the lakes in maintaining the ecological balance.
‘Karanjikere Utsava’ has been organised for the first time to inform the public about the environment and biodiversity of the lake. Public including students are given free entry to attend the fest. The fest is being celebrated with the slogan ‘Neevu banni, aasaktharannu kare thanni (attend the fest and bring enthusiasts along)’. Various programmes on environment conservation are being organised.
Pushpalatha Jagannath inaugurated the photo exhibition on Monday morning at the Karanji Lake premises. Fancy Dress Competition for school students was also held. The inaugural event of the Lake Festival was held in the morning on the simple eco-friendly stage set amidst nature. The executive director of Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Mysuru Ajit Kulkarni and others were present.
Quiz on wildlife was held for high school students at RMNH (Regional Museum of Natural History) campus and the competition was coordinated by M Vijay, John Thomas and Guruprasad.
Drawing and Painting Competition will be held today from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at RMNH and Zoo amphitheatre. Bird watching and botanical walk will be held at Karanji Lake from 7 am to 8 am on Tuesday. Scientists Dr AP Tiwari, Dr M Vijay, resource persons Dr Srinivas, Tanuja, Shailesh, Sahana, Pranav and others will explain about the names and characteristics of plants, trees and birds at the lake premises. Resource persons will be briefing on the history of Mysuru Lakes at the old Food Court in Karanji Lake from 10: 30 am to 11:20 am. Aquatic expert Prof Ravikumar will speak about the importance of conserving lakes in the city and conserving the bio-diversity in the lake from 11:20 am to 12:20 pm.
Skit Writing Competition on nature will be held from 12:20 pm to 12:35 pm. Karnataka Zoo Authority’s member-secretary BP Ravi will talk about the role of the public in conservation of lakes and department rules from 12:35 pm to 1:15 pm. A question and answer session will be held regarding the conservation of Karanji Lake and Lalithadripura Lake from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm. The valedictory programme at the Lake festival will be held from 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm.
There is free access for tourists who visit Karanji Lake on both days. (MR/KS)