Frequently asked questions
What are the lake timings?
6:00 am - 9:30 am
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sunrise to Sunset (6:30pm)
Who maintains MAPSAS lakes?
MAPSAS lakes are community-maintained lakes with funding and support from corporates as well as generous individual donors. MAPSAS is a trust composed of neighborhood volunteers that interfaces with the BBMP, citizens and corporate donors to maintain the lakes.
Do we get funding from BBMP?
No. While BBMP funds the large infrastructure works such as the initial rejuvenation, sewage diversion etc and also provide home guards for security, they do not contribute towards ongoing financial support for the lake’s maintenance and running expenses.
What are the major running expenses related to the lake?
Gardening and cleaning staff
De-weeding water weeds
Expenses related to community events
I have a complaint. Whom should I contact?
Please contact us via our Facebook page, Email or through the web-site. There is also a complaint book with the security that is checked periodically. Please allow few days for response.
Are the toilets around the lake operational?
No. The toilets are opened only when there are events held at the lake.
Could we bring school children for nature walks and other activities?
Could we host private events/birthday parties/school annual days?
Could we host corporate/CSR event /walkathons at the lake?
No. We don't allow walkathons or other private events unless they are for the benefit of the lake. If you would like to conduct an event to raise money for MAPSAS lakes, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can consider the request.
Is fishing allowed at the lake?
Yes, but only to fisher folk who hold a licence from the fisheries department.
Can we feed the fish?
No. We want to leave the ecosystem and the food chain as undisturbed as possible. Adding processed food is not good for the fish or the lake.
Can we do last rites/pujas at the lake?
The Kalyani (immersion tank) is specifically designed for that purpose. Please ensure you don't leave plastics and other non-degradables at the Kalyani.
I see people cutting grass inside the inner fence. Is it allowed?
Yes. Cattle owners come to take fresh greens for cattle. We allow for traditional livelihood to thrive at the lake to benefit all.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes. All creatures are welcome. But please keep your pet on a leash and pick up after your pet. If you don't, security will not allow your pet inside after fair warning.
Which are the lakes that MAPSAS maintains?
MAPSAS maintains the following lakes:
Saul Kere Lake
Chikka Ambalipura Lake
How are the utilisation of donations monitored?
Annual audits are done by independent auditors and reports submitted to concerned authorities as well as donor corporates. Individuals can access this information on request from the Trustees.
Who are the primary custodians of the lakes?
The lakes division of BBMP are the primary custodians of the lakes. MAPSAS has a MOU with them to maintain these lakes. BBMP does the primary rejuvenation and infrastructure work but not the daily maintenance and community interactions.
Is MAPSAS FCRA compliant?
Yes, Mapsas has FCRA registration which permits donations to be received into local.vank account from foreign companies as well as donors abroad in foreign currency.
How are the trustees in Mapsas held accountable?
The trustees follow the Trust Bye Laws both in letter and spirit. There is a high degree of self regulation and none of the trustees or members of the executive team expect any financial reward or recognition in any other form for their time to the community cause.