Legal Awareness Workshop- Functioning Of Lake Protection Committees At Municipal, District, And Apex Levels

25-28 October 2021

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As part of the Pan-India Awareness and Outreach Campaign proposed by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence, ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, Karnataka State Legal Services Authority (KSLSA), and Environment Support Group (ESG) organised a virtual Legal Awareness Workshop relating to the functioning of Lake Protection Committees at Municipal, District and Apex Levels constituted in accordance with directions of the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka in WP 817/2008. The workshop was organised from 25 Oct to 28Oct 2021 for members of the Apex Lake protection Committee and administrators of Bangalore Division, Kalaburagi Division, Belgaum Division, and Mysore Division. The sessions were attended by Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners, CEOs of the Zilla Panchayats, Commissioners of Municipal and Town Councils, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Executive Engineers, Irrigation Department Engineers, Environment Officers of the State Pollution Control Board, Member Secretaries of the District Legal Services Authorities, Commissioners of Urban Development Authorities of Municipal Councils, Commissioners of BDA, and District Water Resource Officers from across all the districts of Karnataka. The first session was graced by the presence of the Member Secretary, KSLSA, Shri H. Shashidhara Shetty.

The ESG Team briefed the invitees and participants of this workshop on the historical and cultural richness of the irrigation tanks/lakes of Karnataka, their biodiversity, ecological and environmental values, and the implication of the directions of the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka in WP 817/2008, particularly the operationalisation of District, Municipal Corporation, Municipal Council and Apex (State) Lake Protection Committees. The end of every session saw excellent interaction from the participant who shared their experiences and concerns surrounding lake protection in their respective regions.

ESG Team extends heartfelt gratitude to Shri H. Shashidhara Shetty, Member Secretary, KSLSA, and Smt. Kaveri, Deputy Secretary, KSLSA for enabling this statewide legal awareness workshop series.  

A poster of the workshop series and a letter from the Member Secretary of the KSLSA in this regard (dated: 22 October 2021; No.: 36/LLP/2021) is enclosed.

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