Murali Prasad, Mahesh. R., and Praveen
Class 10, ACTS Nirmala Vidyalaya, Bengaluru
Pollution of ground water in Bangalore city has touched alarming levels with unacceptable levels of hardness, fluoride, nitrate, and chromium recorded in a recent study by the Geological Survey of India.
We live in the Gatahalli area and the water body (Rayasandra Lake) in our neighborhood is highly polluted. Through this research we tried to explore what is happening in that area that is causing pollution in the lake. The reason for the pollution is that the people do not really know what they are doing. They do not have awareness that because of their actions they are directly affecting themselves. The pollution of the lake also directly leads to soil pollution which, in turn, affects the produce of the farmers.
We spoke to the farmers and they told us that this was not the case 30 years back. However, because of all the buildings and this pollution they have not been able to produce effectively which has led to low income for their families. The only source to irrigate their fields is the lake water because of the absence of a bore well in our area. This pollution also leads to decrease in aquatic life of the lake. When we were small kids, we remember that there were many fishes in that lake but the situation is very different now.
For our research, we conducted interviews and took photographs of the lake and surrounding areas.
We feel that if people are aware of the problems that they are bringing on themselves, the situation can be improved. Nirmala Vidyalaya students can conduct awareness programmes and workshops for our neighbors to improve the situation for all of us. We can also improve cleanliness in our homes by separating wet waste and dry waste, and properly disposing of the same.