The Green Wicket Campaign, a joint initiative of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and GIZ, to create awareness on making life styles, cities and future eco-friendly, was inaugurated on November 2, 2013 during the final One Day International Cricket match between India and Australia by the Additional Chief Secretary of Karnataka, Mr Kaushik Mukherjee in the presence of Mr Joern Rohde, Consul General, Government of Germany, Dr Dieter Mutz, Director, GIZ-IGEP, and Mr Anil Kumble, President of KSCA and Mr Javagal Srinath, Secretary of KSCA.
The KSCA signed an Agreement of Co-operation with GIZ on January 17, 2013, to implement ‘resource-efficient’ measures within the Chinnaswamy stadium, and create awareness on these measures among the cricket fans and general public through the Campaign. Setting a good example, the KSCA has almost completed the ‘Rain Water Harvesting and Recharge’ project at Chinnaswamy stadium to conserve 36 million litres per annum of rainwater. The installation of a 400 KW solar PV roof top panel to generate electricity is in the horizon with the feasibility study just been completed. The Campaign aim is to go beyond awareness-creation by encouraging the citizens to emulate KSCA and implement environment and resource-friendly measures in their homes!
In a span of a year, the Green Wicket Campaign will reach out to the education institutions of Bengaluru through cricketers Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Rahul Dravid and Robin Uthappa as “resource ambassadors”. The four will spearhead campaigns linked to energy, water, waste and hygiene.