Mangaluru: Inspired by PM Modi’s words on ‘Mann Ki Baat’, man builds huge pond

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, May 1: A man, who was inspired by the talk of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme about increasing the ground water level, has resorted to building a huge pond, pouring in all his life-time earnings.

Madhava Bhat, resident of Kullangalu near Katipalla circle, is the person who has taken up this social work. This huge pond is being built at Kullangalu village which is one km from Katipalla Circle, on the way to Soorinje. The pond is spread over an area of two and a half acres of land. The estimated cost is Rs 50 lac. The exact name of the place where this pond, which lies in the midst of picturesque surroundings is called Nagalike. Complete work related to the pond is over and is already inaugurated.

Bhat is going to complete 60 years in 2021. Instead of the usual rituals like Sasti or Shanthi that are usually done when a person completes 60 years according to Hindu tradition, Madhav Bhat is feeling happy that he has built a pond for the society.

Thinking is also going on to grow plants around the pond. Bhat himself had put the foundation stone for the construction of this pond. He also says that the yoga and ritual practices, which he does every day, have contributed to this work. In addition, Venkataraja Bhat Kullangalu, father of Bhat, used to do meditation during the month of Ashada in the Hindu calendar, by the side of Nagabana which is at the exact location of the present pond. Madhav Bhat also visits this spot every Sunday and offers his obeisance.

It is said that once when Bhat visited the spot where the pond is built now, he saw two snakes swimming in a small ditch in which water was there. That day itself Bhat made a resolution that he will build a provision for rain water harvesting. Today, that resolution is realized through the building of a huge pond.

This pond can hold one crore and seventy five lac litres of water. The work started on January 20 of 2021 and got completed within two months and 20 days. The pond is 125 feet wide, 140 feet long and 30 feet in depth. Due to this pond, the water level of wells within three km radius of the pond will increase.

Growing of plants and trees by the side of the plant will give a water source for animals, birds, snakes and other creatures during summer. Arrangement is made for the water to flow from hills nearby from three directions into this pond. In addition, a filtering system is made to prevent any ripe leaves and waste from entering the pond. The pond is secured strongly on all the four sides by double locking with red stones.

Where there is possibility of mudslide, concrete is put underneath. During incessant rains, arrangement is made for the excess water to flow out from the pond. When the earth was being done through the excavators during the construction of the pond, in the midst of the pond a spring of water was found. A small and beautiful well is built there itself. Already clean water of dark green colour is already deposited in the well.

In this modern times, where people sell even small plots after making them as small sites, the effort put in by Bhat is really appreciable. His family also has its full support for this social cause of Bhat.


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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, May 03 2021

    Truly inspiring. It is not coincidence I think. He has seen how the environ denigrated over the period considering his age, and I trust he had a good connect with the change (he probably did not like) and he opted for the evolution and PM's Mann ki Baat must have just served as a catalyst to do something. Many best wishes to Mr. Bhat.

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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Sun, May 02 2021

    For those who want to follow his example with no expenses, stone quarry (Kalpane) is a good source of water retention. While expenses for the pond can be recovered by selling the stones, the kalpane retains water for long time and moisture remains in the ground throughout the summer.

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  • sayed, Kundapur

    Sun, May 02 2021

    we need Oxygen ponds..

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Trees planted around the pond will give oxygen.

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  • Shuba, Mangaluru

    Sun, May 02 2021

    While we appreciate your thoughts and irrigation of the project giving a heed to your own mann ki baat. I do not feel the credit should go to Modi as he has not funded this project in anyway. If indirectly this has to do something with wrong publicity for some reason the people of this country will judge it!

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    If anyone does anything listening Mann ki Baath will not be a success. Because our PM does not know sometimes what he talk and real result is big Zero

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  • Ram Charan, Mangaluru

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Good initiative. To measure the impact of this ground water recharge we should measure the ground water level now, in and around the pond and the ground water level after say 3 years. The increase in level will definitely motivate others to do similar acts and help in improving the ground water level in our district.

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Those who are able to listen to positive talks of the PM ..They are sure to benefit and rise .. Well Done Mr Bhat ..You are an Inspiration.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    wow! this is amazing.

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  • PINTO, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    I don't believe in Mann ki Baat or any other fake political speeches by any leader of any party. But I truely appreciate what Mr. Bhat has done. Only these kind of efforts to conserve water can save future generations but not politicians

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  • S Shetty, Tulunaad - Odipu, Kudla, Kasrod

    Sun, May 02 2021

    What a great work, hats off Sir, true inspiration. Feel sad people wants to comment out of the subject even here also

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Sat, May 01 2021

    Hope his efforts will become true. We are in India.....Please do not make this pond a garbage waste Modi Pond. Let it be a good source water pond.

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  • Satish, Mangalore

    Sat, May 01 2021

    Last 7 years Modi didn't face any media. No press conference. .. Is it true democracy.

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  • Rehan sheikh, Brahmavar

    Sat, May 01 2021

    Gr8 job.

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  • Rehan sheikh, Brahmavar

    Sat, May 01 2021

    Gr8 job. God bless him

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Sat, May 01 2021

    What about nala Gas?

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  • Peter, Belman

    Sat, May 01 2021

    God bless Mr Bhat for this great deed. Sure there will be big queue to fetch water 💧💧

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Sat, May 01 2021

    I don't get the logic. Why does Madhav Bhat need Mann ki Baath to build a pond. So much awareness has been created abut pond and conserving rain water long before modi. If Modi bhakths say Modi is the inspiration, do they take responsibility for his covid crisis????.

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  • HS, Mangalore

    Sat, May 01 2021

    70% people of india didn't have toilets in 70 years rule and here people are talking about ponds!

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  • Prakash, Dubai

    Sun, May 02 2021

    In 70 yesrs government gave priority for food revolution, milk revolution etc. Toilet was secondary requirement.

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    Sat, May 01 2021

    Pond for what?? India is running out of oxygen..Rename oxygen cylinders as "MLA' & MP's", and then watch, how Modi & Shah go on shopping spree...

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Sat, May 01 2021

    Appreciate what he's doing 👏

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  • Pili, Mangalore

    Sat, May 01 2021

    In india only ponds will remain.. may be it will be a reservoir for oxygen when there is no water ? Hope Bhat has taken some wise advise on man ki baath...

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