Spread over 8.3 acres, it was revived over a span of 6 months
HYDERABAD: At a time when lakes in the city are slowly vanishing or are being polluted, one lake was saved from the clutches of pollution, thanks to Wipro Cares, an employee initiative of the IT giant.
The Manikonda lake, which oversees the Wipro campus in Gachibowli was dedicated to the people of Hyderabad on Wednesday. Spread over 8.3 acres, the lake was restored and revived over a span of six months, B. Krishnamurthy, vice-president and centre head, Hyderabad Development Centre, Wipro, said.
As part of the restoration project, the lake was first dredged in summer to increase the depth and to clear the garbage.
This was followed by building a bund around the lake apart from fencing it to avoid human or animal interference.
Also, two aeration pumps were installed and aquatic life restored. A birdfeed initiative to attract and increase the avian population too has been taken up, Mr. Krishnamurthy informed.
“Right now, water is of Grade II quality and is being used by residents of nearby villages for bathing and washing purposes,” he said.
Wednesday also saw the inauguration of the two-day annual event Ops Fest at Wipro. The fest revolving around the theme, ecological sustainability, saw various initiatives undertaken by the company to decrease carbon footprint.
From video conferencing to car pooling, various ways of going green were highlighted.
Laxman K. Badiga, chief information officer, Wipro Technologies, said the fest is an opportunity for them to share the best practices adopted by them and to encourage in-house talent for innovative ideas.