Residents of Gowtham Nagar, Srirampura, have converted an erstwhile garbage dump into a mini aviary to ensure that the area remains free of garbage, according to this Bangalore Mirror (BM) report.
This beautification project stands as an example of what residents can do to ensure that an area remains free of trash.
Today, the mini aviary has close to 40 lovebirds (budgerigars) of various hues.
“The place where the aviary stands today was once a stinking garbage dump. With four schools nearby, children would walk across this garbage dump with great difficulty. We, as adults, were quite ashamed of this.
The garbage dump also posed a threat to their health. Residents complained that cases of dengue had increased and made many requests to the Corporator to get the garbage cleared. When it was finally done, we were also a part of the cleaning process,” Lohith Kumar, a resident, told BM.
Once the garbage was cleared up, the residents figured that the only way to maintain it was to embark on a beautification project and started to plant saplings.
“Once the saplings started growing, we thought that we could make it more beautiful by keeping some birds in the area. We then set up an aviary and brought in some lovebirds,” explains Lohith.
The decision to construct a caged enclosure to keep the lovebirds came from a group of young footballers who reside in the area, and are part of the Kerala Police football club. Nearly one year ago, members of the club began to take care of eight-ten birds, and today, the mini aviary has about 40 birds.
“Some birds were also donated. Residents from the area who could not take care of them at home brought them here,’’ adds Lohith.
Meanwhile, the cost of buying bird feed is split among 15-20 members of the club. Every person pays approximately Rs 100 and takes turns to care for them.
“We are trying to build a bigger cage so that the birds have more space. We wish every neighbourhood in the city makes an effort to beautify their surroundings,” says Lohith.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)