Laxman, Ponnappa join walk to save lake

Hyderabad, Oct 9: Former test cricketer V.V.S. Laxman and badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa Tuesday participated in a walk by locals in Secunderabad here to support an initiative to protect a lake.

The walk was organised by Save Our Urban Lakes (SOUL) to highlight the need to protect Bon Cheruvu, also known as Hasmathpet Lake.

The participants demanded authorities to protect the water body from further encroachment and inflow of sewage from the surrounding localities.

Scientists R.K. Pachauri and P.M. Bhargava extended their support to the initiative.

“While the first threatens our very existence in a country so dependent on rainfall, the latter deprives children of good health derived from playing outdoor sports,” Laxman said.

Jasveen Jairath, founding convenor of SOUL, said vested interests were systematically destroying water bodies.