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National Green Tribunal pulls up Bengaluru civic agencies for delay in cleaning polluted Bellandur lake

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) pulled up the state government on Tuesday and asked all civic agencies to work in tandem to resolve the Bellandur Lake frothing issue.

Published: 22nd August 2017 06:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2017 06:08 PM   |  A+A-

Bengaluru’s Bellandur Lake started spilling toxic foam onto its streets after a week of heavy rainfall on Thursday. | (EPS | Pushkar V)

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) pulled up the state government on Tuesday and asked all civic agencies to work in tandem to resolve the Bellandur Lake frothing issue.

The NGT reiterated that silt in the lake be removed and municipal solid waste, commercial, domestic and other waste from the lake be cleared. It also sought details regarding work taken up to upgrade existing and upcoming sewage treatment plants (capacity, technology and parameters) in all residential complexes around the lake, so that the standards prescribed by Central Pollution Control Board is followed.

The NGT also directed senior officials to inspect the polluted lake in person to check for compliance before placing facts before the Tribunal. The officials were also directed to be present in person for the next hearing which is scheduled for September 8.

The CEO of Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA), according to Namma Bengaluru Foundation, expressed his unwillingness to go on record about the lake’s current state. The incident occurred when Additional Advocate General of Karnataka Aditya Sondhi submitted that all municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste has been removed from the lake bed.

However, when the Tribunal asked the CEO of KLCDA to make a statement on record that there is no municipal solid waste at the lake bed, periphery or buffer zones and a Commissioner would be sent to inspect the same, the CEO refused.
 
Aditya Sondhi said that out of 480 Million Liters per Day (MLD) of waste water or sewage discharged towards Bellandur lake, only 308 Million Liters per Day (MLD) was being treated.



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