Urban poor are likely to get a new lease of life. The lakes will be supporting the livelihoods. The residents are taking initiative by creating a hub on the comprehensive development of lakes.
Need for development – improvement of urban poor :
Natural resources in Bengaluru have been affected by fast growth of industrialization and urbanization. This in-fact has affected to a great extent the livelihoods of thousands of urban poor.
Lakes in the city have been the most prominent victims of such quick industrialization. Mahadevapura lake is one among them.
Ecosystems have a way of restoring themselves when the flow of toxins is broken. The MAPSAS wants to beautify the lake and to shield it from pollution. The samithi wants to support the livelihoods of uuban poor living in close proximity to lakes.
Mahadevapura Parisara Samrakshane Mattu Abhivrudhi Samiti (MAPSAS) :
It is a not for profit registered trust that was formed in 2011 to revive and rejuvenate lakes in the Bellandur ORR/ Sarjapur road/ Hartur road area.
9 years ago a group of ordinary people came together to attempt something. They wanted to revamp the highly polluted lake in their neighborhood.
Currently MAPSAS has an agreement with the BBMP for the maintenance of lakes and helping urban poor.
The vision of MAPSAS is to encourage bio-diversity in and around the lake ,engaging the community to play an active role protecting the lake as a thriving ecosystem, social justice thru livelihood creation from lake and accessibility to all.
Livelihood of urban poor :
The main livelihood of urban poor is cattle-grazing. These are the tradition livelihoods that sustained the life of lakes. This strengthens the collaborating relationship that helps the urban poor.
The urban poor use the lake for cattle grazing and collect firewood which does not happen in any lakes in the city.
The lake conservation group also wants to rejuvenate and maintain all the lakes in the chain. This includes Parappana Agrahara lake, Kudlu Dodda Kere, Kudlu Chikka Kere, Haralur lake, Kasavanahalli Lake, Kaikondarahalli lake and Soulkere. This helps the urban poor living close to the lakes.
The BBMP is supporting the efforts taken by the conservation group. The Contribution of BBMP is to build the STPs, fencing and desilting of the lakes.