Hyderabad: The serene surroundings of the scenic Kapra Lake bustled with activity on Saturday as volunteers of the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) gathered at the spot.
Their mission was simple – clear the trash and non-degradable waste from the lake and ensure that it stays alive. Armed with brooms, gloves and other equipment, the EFI volunteers began the lake cleanup exercise at 9 a.m. and continued till noon.
The Kapra Lake is among those urban waterbodies that are bearing the brunt of urbanization. Large amounts of non-degradable waste often accumulate in the lake due to its unprotected bunds and easy access from all sides.
EFI, after obtaining necessary permissions from GHMC, has been taking up the task of voluntarily cleaning lakes over the last five years. Despite several weekends of repeated volunteer clean up, the lake is far from being conserved. In Saturday’s effort to clean up the left over trash from the lakes, E.F.I got more volunteers than usual, so that the mission would move to the next level.
Non-degradable waste such as plastic wrappers, polythene muck, rubber, glass etc was removed from the lakebed.
“It is important to clean up the Kapra Lake prior to the monsoon as it ensures better water holding area. This will help in increased water holding area, better ground water penetration, temperature regulation, prevention of waterborne diseases and infections and necessary to prevent adversities such as flooding and drought etc,” said Arun Krishnamurthy of EFI.
The organization is continuing the lake clean up exercise on Sunday as well and is inviting like-minded people to participate in the future weekend clean ups.