CSR: Bommanahalli Lake to be rejuvenated under ‘Wake The Lake’ campaign

Bommanahalli Lake

Bangalore, India United Way Bengaluru (UWBe), in partnership with CSR partner Herbalife, a worldwide health and wellness firm, reached a critical milestone with the start of a restoration of the Bommenahalli Lake, which is located in Bommenahalli Village, Mandur Panchayat, Bangalore Urban area. On September 6, 2023, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in the presence of Uday Prakash, Vice-President of Operations and Finance, Herbalife India. Smt. Manjula Aravind Limbavali, MLA Bommenahalli, attended the function. 

This program is part of the larger ‘Wake The Lake’ campaign, which aims to revitalize the region’s deteriorating water bodies. The ‘Wake The Lake’ Campaign aims to enhance water quality, eradicate pollutants, and revive the surrounding environment as part of a larger goal of renewing lakes and strengthening their ecosystem. 

Bomenahalli Lake, which covers 38 acres, has issues from nearby urbanization, such as the potential influx of construction waste, litter, weeds, and the risk of household greywater intrusion. 

The repair work will be done in two stages, from 2023 to 2025. The first phase will focus on strengthening the waterbody’s infrastructure and increasing water holding capacity by cleaning the inlet and outlet, followed by the second phase, which will involve planting 1000 indigenous saplings of fruit and flower-bearing trees, native shrubs, and herbs, raising community awareness, conducting sensitization programs, and establishing a lake association to ensure the intervention’s long-term success. The green initiative is expected to contribute to the absorption of 21,000 kg of CO2 and the annual generation of 118,000 kg of CO2.  

Bommanahalli Lake

“This project embodies our commitment to revitalize water bodies and transform them into nurturing spaces for communities, as part of our flagship ‘Wake The Lake’ campaign,” said Rajesh Krishnan, CEO of United Way Bengaluru. The revitalization of Bommenahalli Lake will increase water storage capacity, aid local farmers and cattle, and enrich the region’s biodiversity.” 

“As the water crisis looms over India, reviving our lakes is becoming increasingly important,” stated Uday Prakash, Vice-President of Operations and Finance, Herbalife India. The Ministry of Jal Shakti’s ‘Wake The Lake’ program is a proactive step toward contributing to the National Water Mission. We are dedicated to restoring and revitalizing Bommenahalli Lake in order to promote sustainable water management techniques and improve the lives of the people who live there. The campaign’s success will be a tribute to Herbalife’s commitment to environmental conservation.” 

The groundbreaking event kicks off a collaborative journey to revitalize Bommenahalli Lake by bringing together United Way Bengaluru, CSR partner Herbalife, Panchayat, and the local community to promote environmental sustainability and a brighter future.