The National Green Tribunal has ORDERED the KSPCB, BDA and State Government to ensure adequate measures to control the pollution in 3 lakes – Over 100 apartment complex must have STP and industries must have ETP


 The National Green Tribunal on Monday ordered the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to issue a directive to all 99 apartment complexes discharging sewage into Bellandur and Varthur lakes to install modular sewage treatment plants in the available space without posing a threat to structural safety.

The NGT’s principal bench was hearing the matter pertaining to the status of the highly polluted Bellandur and Varthur lakes when it passed the interim order based on the state’s action plan on reviving the water bodies. Recently, a 30-hour blaze had reduced grass and weeds around parts of Bellandur Lake to the cinder.

The bench said a strict vigil be maintained on industrial pollutants or effluents entering Bellandur, Agara, and Varthur lakes — part of Koramangala-Challaghatta valley, a natural system that carries excess rainwater away from the city.

Citing the government’s claim that macrophytes (dry floating grass and hyacinth) were the cause of the recent blaze, the bench directed physical removal of all such weeds and ordered a compliance report be placed every month before it.

The tribunal gave directions that an action plan must be chalked out for the revival of Varthur and Agara lakes. The bench ordered an action plan regarding disposal of solid municipal and other waste be placed before it.

The next hearing of the case is on February 28.

NGT has sought monthly reports on removal of weeds from lakes

Need action plan to revive Varthur, Agara lakes: NGT

This area has more illegal and unauthorized constructions, which are not mentioned in the report.  All illegal and unauthorized structures must be brought down to ensure that Air and Water are not polluted.
The areas near the old airport like kaggadasapura and marthahalli ha more illegal unauthorized structures discharging highly toxic pathogens into the valley must be controlled and severe action to be initiated by the state administration.  The area around madiwala and few layouts on hosur road, where innumerable washing units ( clothes) and dyeing units being run are discharging highly toxic chemicals like cyanide into the stormwater drain, which can be clearly seen by their colour in the stormwater drain in thavarekere, vinayaka nagar, garvebavipalya, madiwala, hongasandra and surrounding areas.
These chemicals not only pollute the sewage flowing to the lakes but also pollutes the underground water table, which is irreversible.
KSPCB might issue a notice, which is deliberately ignored by these industries, most of these industries were closed or shut shop by a neighboring state and the same has been installed here at Bangalore and even in surrounding areas.

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