Activists demands action against civic agencies for Bellandur lake fire

Activists demands action against civic agencies for Bellandur lake fire

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2017-02-17 18:49 Bengaluru: Officials from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, BBMP, BDA and BWSSB visited Bellandur Lake where a debris mound was set on fire on Thursday.  Speaking to Bfirst.in, Lakshman, Chairman of KSPCB, said, "We have given show cause notice to civic agencies to explain the reason for the fire. While it is the responsibility of the BBMP to see that debris and garbage is not dumped in the lake premises, the BDA is the custodian of the lake and it is their responsibility too to guard their home."   NA Haris, Chairman, Sub-Committee, Karnataka Lake Protection Committee, who also visited the site, said "Bellandur lake will come back to life by 2020". "Next month, the de-weeding process will begin and the BWSSB will put areators. In the next stage, STPs will be installed," said Haris. Taken aback by Thursday's fire, residents and activists complained about lack of action by civic agencies. Sonali, a resident, said, "We could not breath due to the fumes. If this can happen during early summer, the situation will be even worse during March and April. Despite several complaints, the BDA, BBMP and other authorities have not taken any action to stop garbage and sewage flowing into the lake." Ram Prasad, convener of Friends Of Lakes, said the BDA should be taken to task as it was the "custodian of the 900-acre Bellandur lake". He also wanted the BBMP to be held accountable for "allowing garbage being dumped and burnt". "The BWSSB is anyway on the list for allowing sewage into the lake. It is up to the pollution control board to nail these agencies," he said.