BENGALURU: Even as the National Green Tribunal has called for an emergency hearing on Thursday on frothing in Bellandur Lake, Tuesday’s rain has left the lake in a dismal condition. When Express visited the lake on Wednesday afternoon, the Fire Department was sprinkling water to control froth from spilling over to the main road.
Vehicles were covered with black grime as the foam settled on automobiles nearby. Residents complained of pungent smell from the putrid water that peaked on Tuesday and continued to rise on Wednesday. Shopkeepers said the BDA’s (the lake is under their control) efforts to sprinkle water was of no use as the wind would bring the froth back to the roads.
Swami P lives in a house right behind the high nets that have been put up to fence the lake. Incidentally, he was busy packing his furniture on Wednesday. “I am vacating this house. Tuesday was the last straw. We’ve been living here for the past eight months and cannot bear the stench anymore,” he said.
There are six other families in the building equally dismayed. Swami has a one-year-old child and a five-year-old nephew.“I’m worried about their health. We can’t even come out and stand in the hallway for a few minutes in the morning or evening,” he said.
Sprinkling water isuseless, say residents
Goyal & Co Haryana Group’s flats tower over the lake with disgruntled residents.Manjula Ramesh has been running the Sri Maruthi General Stores for three years now. “What is the use of sprinkling water? It’s useless. The minute they leave, the wind will bring it back,” she said.
BDA Executive Engineers Veerasingh Naik and Krishna Naik were seen haggling with the fire department to give them water for sprinkling.
“One fire engine has 4,500 litres water but they have to apparently help water recede from a nearby temple. We have also arranged for water from a private provider,” Naik told Express.
Fire Department officials were seen sprinkling water for around 10 minutes and later left the place.
In the past, the Supreme Court had taken a stern view of the inaction on part of the state authorities and asked the counsel for Karnataka, “How do you justify the massive froth? What action have you taken post our directions on 19 April?” The counsel reportedly did not give a satisfactory reply.
Kids undergo surgery after tree falls at school
Two boys who had suffered fractures after a tree fell on the premises of their government school on Tuesday underwent operations at a private hospital. The incident took place at Sri Thimmaiahreddy Government High School in Beratena Agrahara of Singasandra ward. Four children were injured, with two suffering major fractures in their legs.
Rakesh S (9) was operated upon for a fracture in his right femur bone and was shifted from the ICU on Wednesday. Dr Mohan N S from the hospital said a stent was implanted into Rakesh’s leg. Rakesh’s brother Lakshmikanth (13), who had suffered a broken right heel bone will be discharged on Thursday.
Dr Mohan said local leaders were helping fund the boys’ treatment. “As the parents are from an economically backward background, we will charge them only the cost of medicines and the stent,” he said. Two other boys from the school who were admitted on Tuesday were discharged on Wednesday.