Kennametal, United Way India complete Devanahalli Lake restoration
Bengaluru, Karnataka: To celebrate the completion of the Devanahalli Lake restoration project in Bengaluru, India, Kennametal India Limited recently hosted a special inaugural event in collaboration with United Way India (UWI), a non-profit organization.
The lake itself can hold more than 535 million litres of water, and the project takes up over 17 acres of ground. Up to 5,000 individuals who live in and around Devanahalli should benefit from this programme, which is predicted to increase the ground water table and boost the moisture content in the soil. With the assistance of UWI and its local implementation partner, Environmentalist Foundation of India, the project was completed over the course of five months (EFI).
The project’s inauguration was attended by special guest Rajiv Ranjan, IFS, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Karnataka Forest Department.
The event’s keynote speaker, Kennametal India Limited’s Managing Director, Vijaykrishnan Venkatesan, said, “Kennametal’s CSR programmes are focused on safeguarding a sustainable future and generating long-term value for the communities where we work and live. The Devanahalli lake restoration project is one such initiative that is in line with our commitment to “Protecting our Planet” and is a step in the right direction in bringing back Bangalore’s lakes, which are an essential component of our ecosystem.
Rajiv Ranjan emphasised the significance of such initiatives by stating, “With lakes vanishing at a very rapid rate, it is the need of the hour to take activities that can boost Bengaluru’s green cover. We value Kennametal’s dedication to doing its part for the environment, which ought to serve as a model for many other corporate projects to volunteer.
The CEO of United Way India, Jayanti Shukla, discussed the importance of environmental preservation and stated, “It is my pleasure to be a part of this event today and watch the implementation of the project. As Kennametal’s philanthropic partners, we think that this effort will contribute to water conservation and the improvement of the lake’s native flora and fauna.