Former test cricketer VVS Laxman and World Badminton women’s doubles bronze medallist, Olympian Ashwini Ponnappa are joining hands with Save Our Urban Lakes (SOUL) to campaign along the Bon Cheruvu, also known as Hasmathpet Lake in Secunderabad.
The initiative aims at calling for follow-up action from the various governement departments on the recommendations made by former Ranga Reddy District Collector Seshadri to save the said lake from pollution, drainage and encroachment.
The effort seeks to draw attention to violation of laws by the many residential constructions that are taking place within the prohibited limits/radius of water bodies.
A message in support of the walk, sent by Dr RK Pachauri, who as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former US President Al Gore, will be read out at a media conference post the walk. A message sent by Dr PM Bhargava, Padma Bhushan and one of the most distinguished scientists of the country, will also be read out. He was the former vice chairman of National Knowledge Mission and former and founder Director of CCMB, Hyderabad.
The walk will begin today at 2 pm in front of Nilgiris Super Market, located near Mansarovar Heights Phases I, II and III in Thirmulgherry.