Seed Ball technique – 1 lakh in 3 hrs. by Bangaloreans

Seed Ball technique – 1 lakh in 3 hrs. by Bangaloreans

Seed  ball technique   –  1 lakh seed balls were prepared by 600 Bangaloreans to Green Western Ghats.  Most environmentalists have termed this innovation as seeds of success due to its rapid growth rate.

Seed Ball is a unique and interesting method  in today’s age where the greenery is becoming a silent victim of modernization.  Seed balls work as a great idea for a sustainable environment in our concrete jungles.

Seed balls are an ancient technique for propagating plants from seeds without opening up soil with cultivation tools such as a plow.

Victim of urbanization :

Trees are often the first victim’s of Bengaluru’s march towards increased urbanization.  To encourage to grow trees and to reduce their rate of depletion, Seed Balls creations helps growing trees in the city.  

SayTrees – Organizer of Seed ball :

SayTrees is a professionally run group of ordinary people extraordinarily determined to protect the environment not just by themselves, but also by sensitizing others towards the importance of environment conservation and goading them on to participate in tree-plantation campaigns.  

The group consists of passionate nature lovers, who juggle corporate jobs during the week with their love for trees over the weekends. Though it started off as a weekend pursuit in 2007 now it does more than 50 tree plantation drives in 4 months of monsoon. 

Last year, SayTrees had made thousands of seed balls and were sown in Chintamani and Bagepalli.

Volunteers at Seed Ball project:

600 Bengalureans came together in Krishnarajapuram on weekend and made more than 100,000 seed balls. Within three hours they prepared around one lakh seed balls, which will go on to increase the green cover in Western Ghats.

Making of Seed ball by all age group

All age groups came together for the seed ball making. 

Objective of the project:

The members of the organisation SayTrees will take the seed balls to the forests of Kodagu in Karnataka and plant them next week with the help of the forest department. The group wants to re-green the area as thousands of trees were lost during the floods last year.

The aim of the campaign is to build urban forestry and provide greenery in barren lands by using the seed ball technique. 

How to make a seed ball?

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Take some clay, pure some water it, roll it into a little ball, make a little hole in it, pop the seed into it and roll it up again.  Leave it to dry for 24 hours.  The seed ball is ready.

Contents of Seed Ball :

For the seed balls, a mixture of soil and manure is used and each seed ball contains one or more seeds inside. The group which cut across all age groups, made many varieties of seed balls.

The seed balls project had made eight varieties of seed balls including banyan, peepal and tamarind.

Why seed ball?

Among different initiatives to improve green cover, making and distributing seed balls in a quick and cost effective method to reclaim the lost green cover of environment.  It is an emerging afforestation technique.

With knowledge, skill, and patience, seed balls can be as effective a way of establishing plants as plow-seeding or drilling, and they can be made by anyone anywhere in the world that has access to clay, soil, and seed — for no money.

How it works?

The composition of seed balls makes it self-sustainable and favorable for germination in most environments.  Making seed balls are fund and easy.

The concept seed balls was started by Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese man famous for popularizing Natural farming, the concept has been adopted worldwide.

Seed balls can also be used to “over seed” existing ecosystems, without damaging the soil structure — or to seed productive plants into forested areas and steep hillsides where tillage is not possible. Seed balls can also be used in combination with animals such as pigs who will do the work of shuffling the mulch around providing seed balls extra cover.

Development of technique :

The technique for creating seed balls was rediscovered by Japanese natural farming pioneer Masanobu Fukuoka. The technique was also used, in ancient Egypt to repair farms after the annual spring flooding of the Nile.

In modern times, during the period of the Second World War, the Japanese government plant scientist working in a government lab, Fukuoka, who lived on the mountainous island of Shikoku, wanted to find a technique that would increase food production without taking away from the land already allocated for traditional rice production,  which thrived in the volcanic rich soils of Japan.

Advantages of using seed ball :

There are some advantages of using seed ball instead of using seeds directly:

  • Because there are nutrients in the seed  ball  in the form of compost or potting mix or cow dung,  it gives a leg up to germinating seeds – gives them nutrition in the early days when the young plant needs a little help to survive in harsh conditions.
  • The balls prevents animals or birds from eating up the seeds.
  • It takes less time to cover a large area – since one can simply throw the seed ball – so one could, for example, drive around in a car with thousands of seed bombs and a slingshot, and disperse the seed bombs all around while cruising in vehicle. In fact, there have been scenarios where seed bombs have been used for aerial reforestation by dispersing hundreds of thousands of seed bombs using a low flying aero-plane !

Seed Balls protect seeds from :

Winds – which blow them away

Birds and Rodents – which eat them

Hot Sun –  which bakes their vitality and

Excessive rain – Which carries them off.

Results of using Seed Ball :

With the rainfall, the clay coating melts and the seeds germinate where the ball has landed.  The seed balls will stay put until the seedlings have a chance to put down roots.  The seed balls will absorb moisture from the ground, the dew and the rain and will sprout when conditions are right. 

Many seeds will grow from a single seed ball and the plant most suited to the micro conditions of that site will prevail. perties

K.R.Puram – a nightmare – Pedestrians suffer

K.R.Puram is turning into a nightmare for pedestrian’s.  The constituency has emerged as the deadliest locality in Bengaluru.  The heavy traffic movement on the bad stretch has given pedestrians and motorists the nightmares. 

The total number of cases were 1574 out of which 282 were fatal at Bengaluru.

Accidental death

The number of death of pedestrians in K.R.Puram recorded a highest in the city in 2017.  There were a total of 87 cases of which 25 were pedestrian death and 69 injuries. This data is according to a report by Anusha Chitturi and Varun Sridhar who are the co-founders of “The Footpath Initiative”.  It is an urban project.

K.R.Puram – Krishna Raja Purama

K.R. Puram – Krishnarajapuram is the headquarters of the Bangalore-East taluk and as such, houses a large number of government offices.  The area’s name is said to come from Krishnaraja Wadiyar III  who ruled the provincial state of Mysore from 1799 to 1868

It takes the residents of the area and pedestrians a lot of time to move from one stretch to another.  Due to medians motorists use the wrong side of the road.

Woes of K.R.Puram :

There is no proper footpath for pedestrians at K.R.Puram.  The roads are narrow and the situation has turned worse after the metro stations came up.  Pedestrians start  their day at K.R.Puram by skipping over dislodged pavements, skirting around the vendors selling vegetables.  The problems doesn’t stop there.  There are swerving electricity junction boxes and darting between vehicles.

K.R.Puram – No Place for pedestrians ?

The city was once full of walkers who used to leisurely walk down the vast and wide pavements in the evenings.  But today it has turned the simple act of crossing the road into wager/gamble.

Footpath encroachment

The civil body in its efforts to provide motorists a hassle free life at K.R.Puram, has put the pedestrians life at risk.  Major infrastructural projects taken by the BBMP has occupied the footpaths.  These projects have also shrunk the footpaths so much, it has become useless.

Senior citizens children, women and the school and college going students are facing the problems of constant flow of traffic. Even on signal free roads, one-ways, underpasses and flyovers these problems persist.

Other areas other than K.R.Puram :

K.R.Puram is followed by Banaswadi, Byatarayanapura, Yeshwanthapur, Madiwala, Peenya, Electronic city and Yelahanka.  These areas also recorded a large number of pedestrian crashes.  Banaswadi recorded 15 death and 40 injuries and Yeshwanthapur and Byatarayanapura recorded 13 deaths and around 50 injuries.

The major reason for pedestrian accidents in all the above mentioned areas were due to lack of infrastructure.

K.R.Puram – poor planning

Walking in K.R.Puram is nothing short of a nightmare.  The lack of concern of civic authorities is learning.  Accidents are common due to the lack of pedestrian crossings.  One-way routes have contributed to miseries of pedestrians.

Senior citizen struggling to walk

The pavements are occupied by vendors and street hawkers.  The civic authorities have failed to evict them.  Dislodged and missing stone slabs cause injuries to inattentive pedestrians.

Along with these problems the pedestrians encounter different obstacles like trees, electricity poles, junction boxes of mobile service provides, trenches etc. 

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Bengaluru’s Hanging Bridge

Bengaluru’s Hanging Bridge

Krishnaraja Puram:

In recent years, KR Puram or Krishnarajapuram, located in East Bengaluru, 15 kilo-metres away from the Bengaluru City railway station, has evolved into a space where history remains entangled with its dusty roads, crowded residences and uneven commercialization. The reality behind its name, or the various names it has adopted since many centuries, has long been forgotten.  The Bangalore District Gazeteer published in 1990 traces the name back to Krishnaraja Wadiyar III, who ruled the provincial State of Mysore from 1799 to 1868. People, however, speculate that it might even be attributed to his predecessor, Immadi Krishnarajendra Wodeyar, who ruled between 1734 and 1766 A.D.

Traces of the reverence many of these heroes once enjoyed lie buried in parts of KR Puram even today . One of the prominent ones is the Marya inscription.  Legend goes that under the rule of the Ganga dynasty King Sripurusha, there was a village hero called Mareya who protected the villages against dacoits and sacrificed his life in the process. The hero-stone inscription near today’s Mahabaleshwara temple records this incident.  The exact location of the stone, however, remains unknown. This constituency has 9 wards.  The Hanging bridge at K.P.Puram is a well known land mark of this constituency.

The Hanging bridge of Benglauru:

The cable-stayed bridge at Krishnarajapuram in Bangalore has bagged the most outstanding national bridge award conferred by the Indian Institution of Bridge Engineers.

The 230-meter bridge, including the 180-meter cable stayed portion, was constructed by South Western Railway over the Krishnarajapuram Railway Station Yard on the busy Bengaluru-Chennai highway. The bridge was inaugurated on January 26, 2003 by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

South Western Railway Deputy General Manager  Mr. Prem Narayan and Deputy Chief Engineer Mr. Vijay Kumar, supervised its construction,

The cables themselves, the pylons supporting them, and the way the material was transported to the site are considered unique in engineering and logistics. The Garden City Skyway Bridge, as it has been named, passes over five tracks.

The technology of holding such structures with strong cables came from a design developed by Swiss engineers 50 years ago. Thousands of metres of wire measuring 12 mm in diameter was imported from Kobe, Japan, by Usha Martin Co. of Ranchi.

The 1,830-metre bridge will have four lanes for traffic. The cables take the entire load of vehicles passing on the bridge — up to 300 tonnes at a time — and will pass on the load pressure to the pylons which in turn will pass it to the ground. The cable inclination with the towers varies from 23.7 degrees to 74 degrees. The longest cable is 113 meters.

The bridge is a joint venture of the Union Ministry of Surface Transport, Southern Railways, and the State Government. The Railways have shared the bulk of the total cost of Rs. 47 crores. Even as the bridge was under construction, city planners and engineers from places such as Patna, Nainital, and Ahmedabad came here to study it and examine if the technology could be replicated.