Ulsoor Lake: BBMP removes dead fish but leaves plastic materials behind

Ulsoor Lake: BBMP removes dead fish but leaves plastic materials behind

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-05-12 08:34 Bengaluru: A second episode of dead fish floating in Ulsoor Lake has not been enough to rouse city’s civic authorities from their slumber, as plastic bottles, plates and other refuse continue to float on the surface of the lake. And it comes as no surprise that  sewage continues to flow freely into the lake.After the last incident of fish deaths, both the BBMP and BWSSB had promised to take remedial measures to halt further pollution of the lake. But till date nothing has been done.Ramesh, a resident who stays near Ulsoor lake, said, “I had come for my morning walk when I saw a few boys taking away the dead fish. But I did not spot any official or anyone clearing the plastics off the lake.”Later, Bfirst discovered that the thousands of dead fish were loaded onto a truck and sent to a land fill. But the plastics remained in the lake.When contacted, BBMP official Venkatesh, Assistant Executive Engineer of BBMP, who is responsible for the maintenance of the lake, said the civic body had “cleared the dead fish along with plastic and other garbage materials”. “After the heavy rain on Friday and Sunday, the lake was filled with sewage and garbage. These materials come from a 15km stretch of storm-water drain from Munireddy Palaya in RT Nagar. We clear the garbage every day,” said Venkatesh.Another resident Syed termed the BBMP’s reaction as a pack of lies. “I don’t understand why these officials lie. If they have cleaned it, why are the plastic bags still floating in it?” asked Syed.SPB to release 4 cr to set up sewage treatment plantLakshman, Chairman, State Pollution Control Board, who had earlier directed officials to collect water samples to know the dissolved oxygen levels said, "There is a detailed project report for setting up of 2 MLD STP. We have approved Rs 4 crores for it. The work will start soon,” he said.