Bengaluru: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Monday said that it has completed Rs 4.77-crore Kumudvathi river rejuvenation project near Nelamangala in Bengaluru rural district.
HAL Chief Managing Director (CMD) T Suvarna Raju has handed-over the project to the beneficiary village panchayats of Nelamangala taluk, the company said in a release.
It said the beneficiary villages from the project are Doddabele, Kalalghatta, Kodigehalli, Thyamagondlu, Hasurahalli, Budihal, Kuluvanahalli and Shivgange.
HAL spent Rs 4.77 crore in the past two years on this project under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by joining hands with International Association for Human Values (IAHV), a sister organisation of the Art of Living to rejuvenate Kumudvathi river, a tributary of river Arkavathi that originates from Shivagange hills in Nelamangala Taluk of Bengaluru rural district.
The river once catered to 30 per cent of Bengaluru’s water needs.
“Our efforts, we hope, gives a new lease of life to the natural habitat of the region and we will continue to support such ventures,” Suvarna Raju said.
HAL said it sponsored the work for Tavarekere (2014-15); Thymagondlu and Mondigere mini watersheds (2015-16) that included re-charging of wells (202), boulder checks (202), Injection Borewells (27), Water-pools (35) and planting of saplings (15,000).
Post three rain-cycles at the entire river basin, the expected results include revival of defunct borewells and open wells, protection of drinking water sources, rejuvenation of irrigation tanks leading to agro – horticulture developments, increase in natural vegetation and eco-restoration, it added.