Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT)

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S. Gopal

Jun 23, 2010, 4:02:52 AM6/23/10
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Renaissance Rainbow

We are writing to let you know about a new development in our JP Nagar neighbourhood, and to seek your support and participation in making this a success.

Recently, a few of us from the ‘Save Our Lake’ group of L&T South City and Brigade Millennium formed the

 Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT), and formally registered it under the Trust Act of the Government of Karnataka - Regn No. BNG(U)-JPN-129/2010-11. 

Some of you may be aware that we have been working to restore Puttenahalli Lake, and turn it into a place of conservation and recreation amidst our homes. 

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Thanks to the BBMP, allied agencies and individuals, this restoration is now showing visible signs of success. In consultation with the BBMP and experts in the field, we have drawn up a list of flowering and fruiting trees that will attract birds to roost and nest. The PNLIT will buy these saplings from private nurseries. Tree planting is expected to be undertaken in the next couple of weeks.

Given that PNLIT has been involved in the revival of the Puttenahalli Lake, right from getting it included in BBMP's list of lakes to be restored, we are confident that the management of the area and maintenance of the lake will be entrusted to us.

Our initial focus has been the lake and we would like to expand the range of work that we can do together in our neighbourhood. 


hrough PNLIT, we plan to engage in four kinds of work, which we believe will benefit a large number of people in the region around the lake.

(a) We will continue our work in environment protection and take up specific initiatives for the conservation of the natural environment in the area. We will do this through specific projects in the natural environment, such as the ongoing lake restoration, where we are looking to 'Create a Habitat for all', ‘Invite the denizens back – the birds, the bees and the rest’, and also through energy and environment projects in the built environment (energy efficient lighting, water conservation, waste management, etc.). Our plan is to make the lake area zero waste - intend to keep it a plastic-free zone with all the waste generated (hopefully mostly organic) taken care of in an area within the lake premises.

(b) We will make specific interventions to boost the economy of the area, and to promote the small businesses that have located here. We will create partnership programs with local businesses that contribute to the overall health of the area, and in turn we will endeavour to deliver economic value to the businesses themselves. We are talking to a few businesses already to see how to tailor this aspect of our work, and we will keep you informed of our progress.

(c) PNLIT will also be a strong partner to the charitable efforts of individuals and organisations in the area, supporting non-profit work through grants and other means. This, we believe, will make our neighbourhood a more hospitable place for all people. 

(d) We will create educational programs that promote social and economic objectives for the neighbourhood, and disseminate this information to the homes and businesses in the area.

By pursuing these objectives together, we can build a showcase neighbourhood initiative, and be a trend-setting region of our city. 

We invite you and others who feel for the environment to contribute to PNLIT generously, and make this dream take shape before our eyes. Please get in touch with one of us (all cced on this mail) if you wish to contribute.

We are happy to report that the initial response to PNLIT and its proposed activities has been very encouraging, and we hope that you will help in adding to this momentum. Together we can make Puttenahalli Lake and the region around it a model area.

With warm regards,

First Trustees of PNLIT
Arathi Manay, Usha Rajagopalan, O.P. Ramaswamy, Prasanna K. Vynatheya 
Arathi Manay Yajaman
A416, Mayflower Block
Brigade Millennium
JP Nagar 7th Phase
Bangalore 560078

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