The Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewarage Board (BWSSB) told the court on Monday the 45 lakes that were recently included under Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) would be cleaned up March 2016.
This is the fourth report submitted by BWSSB to the Court, following a writ petition by Citizen Action Group. The petitioners had contended that in so many areas the sewage is directly discharged in storm water drains (SWD). Following this, the High Court had directed BWSSB to clear all 183 lakes in BBMP limits in December 2014. The civic agency had submitted reports to the Court on the progress of this.
During the hearing, BWSSB requested the Court to grant a period of four months, so that works regarding the same could be completed.
The bench of Justices S K Mukherjee and B Manohar, granting this, saying that quality of lakes must be improved in BBMP limits.
On the issue of release of sewage to SWDs, BWSSB said that BBMP should ensure that residents do not release sewage to SWDs.
The petitioners had argued that drains were connected to SWDs, which carried both domestic and industrial effluents to the lakes.
They had petitioned the Court to ensure that such practices are stopped for lake conservation.
Plan to Prevent Farmer Suicides
In the wake of farmers’ suicide in the state, the High Court has directed the state government to prepare a contingency plan to prevent such instances in the future. Hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by Karnataka State Legal Services Authority, division bench of Jutices S K Mukherjee and B Manohar said that projects such as Suvarna Bhoomi Yojana, Karnataka Rural Development Mission, National Agriculture Insurance Scheme, Calamity Relief Fund should be implemented properly.
8 Selected for Dist Judge Post
Eight candidates were selected for the post of district judge through direct recruitment on Monday. The candidates who have been selected are Pavanesh D, Marulasiddaradhya H J, Santhosh Gajanan Bhat, Hareesha A, Sudindranath S, Parameshwara Prasanna B, T P Ramalinge Gowda and Syed Baleegur Rahaman. A notification regarding the same had been issued on August 30. A total of 50 posts were notified. More than 2,400 lawyers who had practiced law for seven years or more had applied.