BENGALURU: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday warned the State of Karnataka that restraining directions would be passed against it if discharge of untreated sewage into the Bellandur Lake was not stopped immediately. The chief secretary of the state has been directed to be present before the tribunal on the next hearing date on April 18.
The tribunal also came heavily on the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) for being the sole lake development authority in the world that is allowing fire incidents to take place in the lakes. In fact, the state along with KLCDA and other authorities have been directed to apprise the court about the measures taken after the lake fire incident on February 16, 2017 to prevent such accidents in the future.
The impleading application of the Karnataka State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (KSIIDC), however, has been allowed. Whereas the impleading application filed by politician Kupendra Reddy was dismissed as he has preferred a separate Original Application (OA). A notice was issued on the OA filed by Kupendra Reddy. The matter has been adjourned to April 18.