Who We Are

For centuries the Puttenahalli Lake had been a pristine water body, playing a vital role in maintaining the fragile ecosystem of the Puttenahalli neighbourhood. Like many other lakes in Bangalore, it started shrinking and became a marshy garbage dump due to indiscriminate exploitation and neglect.

Troubled by the fact that a fairly large water body was disappearing in their backyard, starting in 2008, a few residents from L&T South City decided to form a Save Our Lake team and campaigned to save the lake. After much perseverance the lake was brought into BBMP's revival radar. The DPR for Puttenahalli Lake can be seen here.

Revival started in Jan 2010.

In June 2010, four residents from the lake area - Usha Rajagopalan (from South City), Arathi Manay, Prasanna K. Vynatheya and O.P. Ramaswamy (from Brigade Millennium), came together as the first trustees of the Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT), registered under the Indian Trust Act, 1882.

In May 2011, PNLIT signed an MOU with BBMP, taking over the maintenance of Puttenahalli Lake, for a period of 3 years. This has been subsequently renewed. BBMP gives no financial assistance and PNLIT meets the expenses through public donations.

PNLIT Trustees

Current Board of Trustees

Usha Rajagopalan - Chairperson

Arathi Manay - Managing Trustee

Nandhini Sriraaman - Treasurer

Nupur Jain - Trustee

Divya Shetty - Trustee

O.P. Ramaswamy - Trustee

Sangita Agrawal - Trustee

PNLIT Volunteers (PNLIT Mitra and PNLIT Young Rangers) provide invaluable help on various activities, as and when they are able to spare the time.

Former Trustees who are no longer able to serve on the Board are still available to help and advise.

Our logo

The Wild Date Palm stands on the island located in the Puttenahalli Lake. It is the lone tree that has survived in the lake all these years. We chose this as our symbol, representing resilience and perseverance.

Pic: Subho Banerjee (Aug 2011)

Logo credits

Conceptualisation and design - Arathi Manay

Pencil drawing - Kalpana Pradeep

Computer image - Nagesh Manay

PNLIT is registered under the Indian Trust Act, 1882

Registration No. BNG(U)-JPN-129-2010-11

Tax Information



Registration u/s 12AA of the I.T. Act 1961 has been granted w.e.f. Assessment Year 2011-2012 in the status of Charitable Trust DIT(E)BLR/12AA/P-429/ AABTP7792D/ITO(E)/ Vol 2010-11

I.T. exemption (for donors) u/s 80G DIT(E)BLR/80G/63/ AABTP7792D/ITO(E)-2/ Vol 2011-2012 dated 21/06/2011

Donations are eligible for 50% deduction from Taxable income from AY2012-13 (financial year 2011-12) onwards

Download 80G approval letter here

PNLIT has received FCRA registration (No. 094421591 dated 30-Jun-2015; Nature - Social; Valid for 5 years), and so is eligible to accept donations from both Indian and Non-Indian Citizens/ Passport Holders

Download FCRA Registration approval letter here

PNLIT is registered with Government of India NITI Aayog's NGO Darpan with Unique ID KA/2015/0090406

PNLIT has been vetted and approved to receive grants from CAF America; donations from US donors are 100% tax-deductible. Contributions to support PNLIT may be given to CAF America with a recommendation that the grant be made to PNLIT

Download CAF America - PNLIT agreement here

Read about our trustees' efforts Jan 2011

Arathi Manay and OP Ramaswamy help city apartments save lakhs!