BENGALURU: The recent heavy rains have created hurdles in the ongoing weeding work at Bellandur lake taken up by Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA). The rains have aggravated the froth formation and led to increased discharge of untreated water into the lake.
An expert team from Hyderabad is in the city for the last three days trying to figure out how best BDA can work under prevailing weather conditions.
During the weeding work, the officials have come across huge deposits of thermocol in the lake which is combustible.
Speaking to Express, BDA commissioner Rakesh Singh said, “With the rains, the volume of water in the lake has increased and we are receiving higher discharge of untreated water. This has resulted in aggravated froth formation. Besides, strong winds have complicated things further.”
On the presence of thermocol in the lake water, a BDA official said, “Our priority now is to remove the thermocol as it is highly combustible.
We are yet to locate its source.” Currently, three harvesters are weeding Bellandur lake.
Agreeing that weeding is a difficult task during rains, environmentalist Yellappa Reddy said, “Weeding is not a one-time work or an ad-hoc operation. It has to be a continuous process and an established structure needs to be in place.”