BENGALURU: THE National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday pulled up the state and asked all the civic agencies to work in coordination with each other to resolve the Bellandur lake frothing issue. Among the other recommendations, the NGT reiterated that the silt in the lake be removed, municipal solid waste, commercial and domestic waste and other waste from lake be cleared.
The Tribunal also said existing and upcoming Sewage Treatment Plants in all residential complexes around the lake be upgraded (capacity, technology and parameters) to the standards prescribed by Central Pollution Control Board for treating sewage. The NGT directed senior officials to inspect the spot in person, check for compliance before placing facts before the Tribunal and be present at the next hearing scheduled for September 8.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) expressed his unwillingness to go on record about the current state of the lake. When Additional Advocate General of Karnataka Aditya Sondhi submitted that all municipal solid and construction waste has been removed, the Tribunal asked the CEO of KLCDA to make a statement on record that there is no municipal solid waste on the lake bed, periphery and buffer zones as of Tuesday.
It also said and a commissioner will be sent to inspect the lake. The CEO, however, refused to make a statement on record. Sondhi said that out of 480 million litres per eay (MLD) of waste water or sewage discharged towards the Bellandur lake, only 308 MLD is being treated.