Lalbagh botanical garden is a 240 acres (0.97 km2) garden and is located in south Bangalore. It is managed by the Department of Horticulture, Bangalore. There are 5 open wells in Lalbagh. Of these 3 wells have water however, water from these wells are not being used. Two of the wells were closed by filling it with waste materials. One of the closed wells was taken for rejuvenation in the month of March 2021. After rejuvenation of the well 5ft of water was seen indicating the presence of shallow aquifer. With a pump house next to these wells indicated that these wells were used before borewell was introduced.
To manage the flooding in the north western part of the park during the rainy season, 100 recharge wells are being dug. This will help in recharging the aquifer and also mitigate flooding.
Say Trees approached Biome Environmental Trust to identify a well in the city for rejuvenation. The objective was to create awareness about the connection between groundwater, shallow aquifers and open wells. Since Lalbagh sees hundreds of people every day, rejuvenating a well in such a location will meet the objectives.
To create awareness a poster/board will be placed with information next to the well.
This project was funded by Say Trees.
There are 5 open wells in Lalbagh. Of these, 3 wells (Well no. 1,4,5) have water. 2 of the wells (Well no. 2 and 3) were closed by dumping construction debris, garden waste and other waste. It was decided to take up Well no. 2, located close to the SunDial park, for rejuvenation. The dimension of the well is 10ft diameter and 29ft depth.
WellDigger Ramakrishna inspecting Well no. 2 for rejuvenation
After taking the necessary permission from the Deputy Director of Horticulture, well digger Ramakrishna and his team started cleaning the well for rejuvenation.
The well was filled with tree branches, leaves, stone, construction debris, paper and plastic waste. Ramakrishna and team worked for 14 days to remove the waste and completely clean the well. They used a crane to remove the heavy material and silt. They hit water at the bottom of the well. After cleaning and treating the well 5ft of standing clear water is observed.
Perforated Metal cover
Second well (Well no. 3)
Opposite The big Silk Cotton Tree - near the temple was taken up for rejuvenation in July 2021
This well was also filled with waste such as garden, plastic, paper, construction materials etc.
Well diggers, Ramkrishna and team at the well to be rejuvenated
Status of the well before rejuvenation
Ramkrishna and team cleaned the well. They used a crane to remove the heavy material and silt.
They hit the bottom of the well at 37ft.They did not hit water and the well was dry. The next couple of days due to heavy rains the water started seeping into the well. 8 ft of water was observed in the well after two days of rain. The well is 13ft diameter and 37ft deep.
Tractors carrying the waste removed from the well out of Lalbagh