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PNLIT is a Bangalore-based trust, registered under the Indian Trust Act 1882 - Rgn No. BNG(U)-JPN-129
Download 12AA certificate here
2010-11 dated 11th June 2010. It has received the status of Charitable Trust under section 12AA of the Indian Income Tax Act.
PNLIT meets the expenses through:
- Donations from concerned well-wishers
- Adoption of trees
- Direct sponsorship of requirements
- Conducting nature walks, bird watching tours, educational trips, etc.
- Sale of cloth bags, organic manure
- Other sources (proposed) like photography classes, coffee table books, plants, etc.
Donations are eligible for 50% deduction from Taxable income - Download 80G approval letter here
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Lakes are important because they...
- Reduce temperature
- Reduce pollution
- Act as a catchment for rainwater
- Prevent flooding
- Supply drinking water
- Raise water table
- Provide a habitat for animal and plant life
- Provide lung space for humans
For an existing encroachment - try to get others in the area to join you. Go as a group and discuss this with the Tehsildar, Corporator, MLA, LDA/ BBMP (Lakes).
For new encroachments that are just happening - directly report it to the Tehsildar, BBMP Corporator, MLA, LDA/ BBMP (Lakes). Look here for contact info. Follow it up.
Check to see if efforts are already being made. Look here for a list of ongoing lake restoration and preservation efforts. You could consider joining them.
Find out who 'owns' the lake. It could be under the jurisdiction of any of the governmental bodies (such as Municipality, Forest Department, Development Authority, etc.). Get others interested in this exercise. Contact your local Corporator/ MLA. In Bangalore one can contact BBMP (Lakes) or LDA to get more information. Show them that you are concerned about the water body and get after them to do something about it.
Check out this article How you can save a lake in your city