At last! The bed of the Puttenahalli Lake is barely visible. Thanks to the rains and one key inlet near the coconut grove getting fed, the water level in the lake has finally risen. A gardener and sweeper appointed by Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT) help in ensuring that the plants are well tended and the walking track and lake surroundings are kept clean.
In the early mornings and late evenings, walkers can be seen enjoying the various species of birds like moorhens, herons, egrets and others, waddling and flying around the place. Children and adolescents can also be seen swimming, fishing. Sometimes, they even help in removing rubbish from the water and de-weeding. The saplings planted in July 2010 are growing well and some are now over 3 metres high!
Over the past few weeks, more saplings have been planted on the outer and inner periphery of the lake and on the island – by senior citizens, donors to the trust like the manager of the Puttenahalli State Bank of India and interested residents of the area. More saplings to be planted in the coming days. Hoping that efforts to get the other dry inlets connected to storm water drains pay off. Better these are done while the rains are still around so that at this time next year, we have a fairly "rejuvenated" Puttenahalli Lake!