Belthangady: “Conservation of lakes is necessary today. The village lakes have been restored through the Sri Kshetra Dharamsthala Village Development Project with the participation of people. All of you have cooperated in making this happen. The lakes filled with garbage have now increased their water storage capacity and are full. Such lakes are the property of the town. Save these lakes and preserve them,” said Dharmadhikari Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade.
He addressed the officials of Lake Development Committee who came from Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Udupi and Shivamogga Districts to Dharmasthala on Wednesday September 14.
“We have to shape our future, our life. Achieving is necessary. Those who are lazy cannot achieve. We should not wait for the Government to do every job. Development works can be done with the villagers’ cooperation, to meet the basic needs of the village,” he said.
On this occasion, officials of various Lake Development Committee congratulated Heggade and shared their happiness about the lake restoration work done in their town.
“The lake, which was used for sacred functions, fell into dispair and was not fit for use due to the growth of jali plants. It was a place used for gambling and drinking. The lake of our town has been revived by the lake development work undertaken by sri Kshetra Dharmasthala. The lake filled in the recent rains. The life of farmers has improved with this work. The ground water level has increased. Lakes filled with sewage have now been converted into clean lakes that are fit for use,” said G. I. Manjunath of Gadihalli Village in Ajjampura Taluk, a member of the lake committee.
Chairperson of Jnana Vikasa Programme Dr. Hemavati Heggade was present and expressed happiness after listening to the views of the lake committee members.
The Executive Director of the project, Dr L. H. Manjunath, addressed the committee members and said that 469 lakes have been restored across the State. Be careful not to overcrowd these lakes. Prioritise cleanliness of lakes. He advised to grow and develop plants around the lakes.
Regional Director of Community Division Anand Suvarna, Director of Lake Division Shivananda Acharya, Project Officer Yuvaraj Jain and Bharat were present on the occasion