Shivamogga: For several years most of the wells in Honnesara village of Sagar taluk, Shivamogga remained dry owing to depletion of the ground water table but thanks to the efforts of various associations of Shivamogga who joined hands to revive an old lake, Veerupaksha Jaddu Kere, some defunct wells in the downstream area of the lake have come back to life owing to recharging of the water table.
On Monday, Shivamogga Deputy Commissioner Dayanand joined the association members in the exercise to remove silt from Veerupaksha Jaddu Kere. It is said that Mr Dayanand learnt about the lake revival work and was interested in helping the association members.
Charaka Bhagirathi one of the members involved in the lake’s revival, told Deccan Chronicle on Tuesday that the lake was full of tall grass growth and other vegetation leaving few clues on the existence of the lake. After revival work began, the vegetation which had filled up the lake and made water storage impossible, was removed in a phased manner.
"Now, the lake can hold water upto to 25 feet when the region receives copious rains which will also help recharge the ground water table.Defunct wells have come back to life after Veerupaksha Jaddu Kere was revived," says Bhagirathi.
The kere, spread over 1.5 acres, remained dead for close to five decades before it caught the attention of the residents....