CPR - Cubbon Park Rejuvenation


Pumping Life into Cubbon Park!

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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.

Phase I got completed in January 2018:

Phase I involved Peddanna and his team of 15 Well diggers from Bovi/ Vaddar community who are the traditional well diggers with a 1000 year history, with  support from the Horticulture Department's Deputy Director Mr Mahantesh, to work on draining, cleaning and covering of the seven Wells.

It took us 8 months to Lay pipes, get pumps, get electricity lines from near the RBI, all 6 Wells connecting to the sump that provides the sprinklers systems to water the Park. This phase was completed in January 2018, testing and monitoring of  the systems just concluded in February.

An amazing 65,000 litres of water, is now being used, every day to nurture the 200 acres of Bengaluru's precious Lung Space. This is meeting 75% of the water requirement of the Park currently.

The cost of this is less than 10% of what the Horticulture Department was paying to BWSSB.

Our work is not done yet, The next phase is:

  1. Work on the 2 existing Ponds -  We take up cleaning, repairs and construction of silt traps, strengthening of bunds so as to take advantage of the 2018 Rains to make sure the work done is enough to hold water in the ponds. 
  2. Then during the Rains monitor the catchment areas for the ponds to be recharged
  3. Identify Rain Water Recharge Wells - during the rainy season in 2018, study the existing pathways to the Kalyanis, and water retention areas along this. As the rainy season is getting over, 60-75 Rain Water Wells  to be dug, each will be 30-50 feet deep with a team of 12-15 traditional Well diggers from Manu Vadar community. We expect to completed this work in time for the 2019 rains.

We will then do the Signages for information & Project Report on proof of concept that can be replicated across country, esp on rain water harvesting 

For more detail write to: meena@icfn.in

Thank you
Enabling Partner
India Cares Foundation

Target : ₹ 7,500,000/-

Amount donated : ₹ 737,600/-

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