There is no denying that urban development is a necessity. It creates the necessary infrastructure for prosperity of people and it is because of the booming developments that, cities like Bengaluru are today on the global map. This is the bright side of the development.
The dark side of the development is the dying of city water bodies, negative impact on the eco-system and pollution, to say the least. And we all are the culprits for these issues. Bureaucracy is the reason for unthoughtful planning of the cities, while citizens misuse public spaces and real estate developers want to grab as much land as possible.
In the past few years, there has been a change in the mind-set as awareness about health and environment has increased. More companies are now going for green buildings and eco-friendly construction. Homebuyers are asking for rain water harvesting, green open areas and energy efficient lighting etc. The developers too are now building Green rated buildings given the market demand. However, these practices are yet to percolate to smaller cities and towns.
There are more than 139 Crore people in this country and if each one of us takes just one little step towards making our surroundings better, without relying on the government, we can change our country. Only thing required is the change of mind-set.
Authorities spend Crores of rupees in beautification of the lake, but due to non-scientific and non-technical way of development, it ends up as a dead lake in few years. In contrast, by just spending few lakhs we have rejuvenated the water bodies. With engaging of the communities we can slowly and surely, bring back the greenery of our planet.
I STARTED LAKE REJUVENATION IN 2017 WITH JUST ONE LAKE. THIS YEAR I AM DOING 16 LAKES. I HAVE COMPLETED 23 LAKES AND 480 ACRES OF BARREN LAND HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO GREEN AREA. ALL WITHOUT SPENDING A SINGLE PENNY FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND ONLY WITH PEOPLE SUPPORT, VOLUNTEERS AND CSR.