Bengaluru: Bellandur Lake catches fire again

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Even as the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has been trying to clean the Bellandur Lake after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) rapped the former for its lax approach, the Bellandur Lake was again seen catching fire on Monday.

As an aftermath, thick smog surrounded the heavily-polluted lake, making it difficult for the passers-by to breathe.

On April 19, the NGT had called for immediate shutting down of polluting industries near the Bellandur lake and asked the BDA to undertake cleaning.

A notice was also issued by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) regarding issuance of directions of closure of certain industries, slaughterhouses and a few industries located in the state.

The notice has also been issued for the closure of the industries in Bellandur Lake Catchment Area under Section 33 (1) of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974.

Slaughter houses in Belgaum district have also been issued notice as per order of the NGT, Chennai.

Jean-washing industries located in Bellary and industries located in other than Bellandur lake catchment and other than Bangalore have also come under the scanner.

A total of 93 industries, including Loka Sai Jean Washers, Jai Ambe Jean Washer, KGN Garments, Manjunatha Agencies and Nesargi Butchers, have been issued the notice.

The highly polluted Bellandur lake earlier on February 17 caught fire due to toxic effluents in it.

Bellandur lake, the largest of the 262 lakes and tanks in Bengaluru, receives about 40 percent of the city’s sewage. (ANI)