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17 April, 2007

The sad state of Tumkur Amanikere (April 2007)


Dumping of plastic and food remains from an eatery inside the bund of Tumkur Amanikere near Gadi Anjenya temple

Dumping of construction debris inside the bund of Tumkur Amanikere near Gadi Anjenya temple

Dumping of construction debris inside the bund of Tumkur Amanikere near Gadi Anjenya temple

Dumping of construction debris inside the bund of Tumkur Amanikere near Gadi Anjenya temple

Dumping of construction debris inside the bund of Tumkur Amanikere near Gadi Anjenya temple

Dumping of construction debris inside the bund of Tumkur Amanikere near Kari Basava Swamy Circle / Sarvodaya Junior College

Dumping of construction and encroachment inside the bund of Tumkur Amanikere near Kari Basava Swamy Circle / Sarvodaya Junior College

An encroachment inside Tumkur Amanikere near Kari Basava Swamy Circle / Sarvodaya Junior College

The sad state of the board put up by Forest Department indicating the importance of Tumkur Amaikere near Kari Basava Swamy Circle / Sarvodaya Junior College


The sad state of the board put up by Executive Engineer, Minor irrigation Department warning against any dumping inside Tumkur Amaikere near Kari Basava Swamy Circle / Sarvodaya Junior College.

The sad state of the board put up by Executive Engineer, Minor irrigation Department warning against any dumping inside Tumkur Amaikere near Kari Basava Swamy Circle / Sarvodaya Junior College

The path created into the lake bed of Tumkur Amanikere by those who dump construction debris into the lake near Kari Basava Swamy Circle / Sarvodaya Junior College

The path created into the lake bed of Tumkur Amanikere by those who dump construction debris into the lake near Kari Basava Swamy Circle / Sarvodaya Junior College

Dumping of human waste, construction debris into Tumkur Amanikere lake near Kari Basava Swamy Circle / Sarvodaya Junior College


A view of brick kins operating inside the Amanikere lake as seen from the road near Kari Basava Swamy Circle / Sarvodaya Junior College

A view of construction debris being dumped inside the Amanikere lake as seen from the road near Kari Basava Swamy Circle / Sarvodaya Junior College

IMAGES OF TUMKUR AMANIKERE DURING ITS HAPPY DAYS

Sunrise over Tumkur Amanikere in December 1991

Dawn over the hills of Devarayanadurga, as seen from Tumkur Amanikere in Mar, 1996

A flock of little cormorants, white ibis and egrets in the lake bed in May 1993

A flock of white egrets

White ibis feeding in the lake with the backdrop of Devarayanadurga hill range

Akka Thangi Kere - the story of once glorious wetlands

Akka - Thangi Kere is a pair of wetlands located adjacent to each other on the outskirts of Tumkur City. Due to the rapid expansion of Tumkur City the wetlands were slowly being encroached. To prevent this, the Tumkur District Environment Week Celebration Committee headed by the then DCF of Tumkur District and consisting of nature lovers from the city decided to convert the wetland into a forest. A massive tree planting programme was organised in October 2000 involving nature lovers and school kids of Tumkur City.

Dedicated efforts by the forest department helped the wetland become a beautiful forest. Due to the construction of the Golden Quadrilateral of National Highways throughout India, these wetlands have fallen prey to development. The following pictures tell you the story

THE STATE OF AKKA-THANGI KERE NOW
View of construction debris and bio-waste being dumped inside the boundaries of Akka Thangi Kere from the under-construction New Tumkur Bypass Sira Road (Mumbai - Bangalore National Highway No:4) (Aptil 2007).



View of construction debris and bio-waste being dumped inside the boundaries of Akka Thangi Kere (Aptil 2007).

Remains of poultry and other bio-waste being dumped on the new Tumkur bypass Sira Road(Mumbai - Bangalore National Highway No:4) adjoining Akka Thangi Kere (Aptil 2007).

Remains of poultry and other bio-waste being dumped on the new Tumkur bypass Sira Road (Mumbai - Bangalore National Highway No:4) adjoining Akka Thangi Kere (Aptil 2007).


AKKA-THANGI KERE DURING ITS DAYS OF GLORY
Members of WANC at the site of Akka - Thangi kere, planting the tree saplings (Oct0ber 2000).



School kids from Tumkur marched to the site of Akka - Thangi kere and helped in planting the tree saplings (Oct0ber 2000).


School kids from Tumkur marched to the site of Akka - Thangi kere and helped in planting the tree saplings (Oct0ber 2000).