The members of the Change Vellore forum met during the Jallikattu protests. It was evident even during protests at the Marina beach and other venues across the state, that the focus of the agitation was becoming wider. Students, professionals and other protesters were raising several pertinent issues that were plaguing the state. Several agitators had told The News Minute that the demonstration at Marina was the starting point for greater changes to come.
In line with that, these stranger-turned friends in Vellore decided to remain together to work towards a better society. They have reportedly resolved to remove invasive species in and around the lake and plant native species on the bunds to revive the water body.
The lake, according to reports, received surplus water in December 2015 due to the heavy rain. The water body however dried up fast. “Now it resembles a small pond. It was not desilted and deepened for 70 years,” said E Satish Kumar of Change Vellore Forum to TOI.
Starting with a small group of 50 volunteers from various walks of life, the group cleared empty liquor bottles and removed ‘Karuvelam’ tress grown on the bunds.
According the group’s facebook page, their aim is to make Vellore the number one district in the State. Youngsters and residents have been invited to join the cause.
The Otteri lake which was one of the oldest and major water bodies in Vellore, has reportedly been reduced to a grazing ground for cattle in the last decade. The TOI reports that the lake receives rainwater that flows from the surrounding hills. It is then supplied as drinking water to Vellore residents from the filter bed.
Source: The News Minute