BENGALURU: Hundreds of residents of Vignana Nagar and members of the Rotary Club participated in the Nekkundi Lake Walkathon on Sunday to create awareness about the newly restored Netra Lake, spread across 11 acres from Vignana Nagar to Marathahalli.
Resident associations like the Vignana Nagara Nagarikara Sangha, Adarsh Vista Villa Owners Association, Abhaya Hasta Residents Welfare Association and Sherwood Residents Association took part in the event.
Abhishek Ranjan, trustee of NeTra (Nekkundi Tank Rejuvenation Association) which conducted the walkathon, said, “In the last decade, Marathahalli has seen a transformation thanks to urbanisation, owing to which we do not have a single park in the vicinity. Around four years ago, a few residents of the area had drawn the attention of the BBMP to the existence of this lake which was then in shambles. The government then sanctioned around `11 crore to clean it up and today it is almost 80 per cent complete.”
Though the formal inauguration of the lake is a few months away, he said a track for joggers and cyclists along the periphery of the lake is already in use. Soon provisions will be made to begin boating services as well as to plant more trees to attract migratory birds, he added.
Geetha Vivekananda, corporator of the ward and BBMP Chair of Major Works, pledged the civic agency’s support to make Netra a beautiful lake.