Hebbagodi, the lake which was initially a dumping garbage lake for Electronic City, now has become the best example of lake rejuvenation process. While still some of the lakes Bellandur and Varthur lake are expelling toxic stuff, Hebbagodi lake has topped the chart and entered its name into Limca Book of Records for having the largest floating island. The island which has an area of 12,000 square feet is covered with greenery as well as water bodies that cut through the vegetation and revived the lake which earlier spewed toxic element and harmed the nature.
This is Hebbagodi Lake achievement….in Limca Book of Records having largest floating island. Thanks to the effort of Biocon India [email protected] and @TeamSyngene… Locals are proud of it.
I am waiting ….!!! pic.twitter.com/mZuaURzdCU
— Bellandur Lake (@Bellandur_Lake) December 3, 2018
The man behind the idea wrote, “Technology is just a tool in the hands of humans nothing can replace human spirit human leadership human inspiration and human servitude one should never be Soave of technology Hebbugodi lake coming back to its glory is a testimony for this.”
Technology is just a tool in the hands of humans nothing can replace human spirit human leadership human inspiration and human servitude one should never be Soave of technology Hebbugodi lake coming back to its glory is a testimony for this https://t.co/MfF8NLIlpX
— Wg Cdr GB Athri (retd) (@balathri) June 23, 2018
“We’ve done whatever we could to rejuvenate it. Now, citizens should maintain it”, said the wing commander GB Athri, who played a significant role in the rebirth of the lake as the largest floating lake.
He also said, “A 1.5 km long bund or an embankment was constructed using 67,000 cubic meters of soil to contain the lake’s water-holding capacity.”
In this lake, plants grow hydroponically, a subset of hydroculture which includes a method of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent to feed the plants. Apart from that the island comprises of rafts that help this process and also act as cleaning agents, the floating rafts are built with reused PVC pipe and thus it’s fully environment-friendly and nontoxic like before it was.
Hebbagodi Lake has been revived due to a great community spirit led by Wg Cdr Athri who worked tirelessly with Biocon Foundation to rescue a dying lake and make it breathe again pic.twitter.com/nUEfKDpOw5
— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) June 23, 2018
The thought behind this action is to maintain and improve the water quality by removing excess nutrients and maintain the important factor of water that is it’s pH levels and its value should lie between 6.5 and 8.5 which is considered normal as compare to its previous values when it was a dumping zone for the city.
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