🏞️ Rescuing a Chola dynasty lake

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The Singena Agrahara lake (also known as Narayanaghatta Kere) has successfully been revived with public money and a can-do attitude!

Story so far: The Singena Agrahara lake in the Anekal taluk is believed to have been built by Rajaraja 1, one of the emperors of the Chola dynasty. Over the years, the 106-acre water body had been encroached upon and became a popular spot to dump the trash. Last year, farming had also been taken up along the lake.

  • Things seemed to be going from bad to worse when lake activist-turned-assistant commissioner Captain Santhosh Kumar (Retd) started the β€˜Lake Protection in Anekal Taluk’ in 2021.

What happened: More than 6.5 acres of the lake have been encroached upon. The district administration quickly started removing all the stormwater drains to ensure the free flow of water.

  • By June 2021, the rejuvenation process had started. In the next 120 days, the lake was cleaned and the water was looking normal again.
  • What’s even better is that not a single tree was cut down for the process, and it was all done with funds collected from the public.

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