Cubbon Park is very precious to Bengaluru - but it’s tired! We invite all who have lived, are living or who visit our City; whether you came as a child for a picnic; whether you run in the Park every day now; whether you spend time with your loved ones; even if you have just driven through you will all have noticed how beautiful the Park is. Please contribute to the Park’s rejuvenation.
We, as India Cares and Procam International, noticed this need while organising the TCS World 10k where all participants run through and appreciate the Park.
We learnt from the Horticulture Department that they spend lakhs of rupees every year buying water from the BWSSB to water the 7,000+ Trees and Shrubs in the Park! this, despite the Park having seven Wells, with at least 15-20 feet of water, even in the peak of summer. We got excited. Ramprasad of Friends of Lakes helped obtain permission(s!) to clean the Wells; he connected us to S Vishwanath (‘ZenRainman’) and his company Biome, guided us with expertise and connected us to a traditional community of Well Diggers to start work.
Peddanna and his team of 15 Well diggers, with excellent support from the Horticulture Department's Deputy Director Mr Mahantesh and his assistant, Mr Ramesh, started work on 15th May 2017 and by 30th May completed the draining, cleaning and covering (though temporary) of the seven Wells. This cost Rs 5.73 lakh contributed by Individuals and Procam.
We were amazed to see water levels increase by 50% bringing in 150,000 litres of water every day to nurture the 7,000+ Trees and Shrubs in the 200 acres of Bengaluru's precious Lung Space.
Our work is not done yet, The next four phases are:
Pumping Life into Cubbon Park needs about Rs 50 lakh. We invite every Individual and Company, join in rejuvenating Cubbon Park .
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India Cares Foundation
Artist Karthik Rao designed and approved
Volunteers painting the Karagada Kunte
It is a heavy cover to move
Setting the connections
Testing of Valves of a Well
Electrical panel controling the system
Every Well has a pump attached
The diggin for laying of pipes
Inter connecting the Wells
Pipes are 50mm
Diggin for connecting the Wells
Discussions on piping and electric cables with Horticulture Dept
A little more to be done
Karagada Kunte almost ready
Painting of the Grill
Preparing the Grill
Preparing the Grill for the Well
Increasing the height of the Well Wall
The well wall at Karagada Kunte
The water from the cleaned Well
Estimating water levels
Clean Water is a joy to behold
Peddana with his team cleaned the Wells
Covered Well, with Clean Water
Meshing work in progress
Alum being added to the Water
Water rises to new levels once debris is removed
Clean Water rises in the Well
Water being drained from the Well
Debris from one of the smaller Well
State of Wells on 10.05.2017