Karnataka CM: Bellandur problem will be solved within 1-2 years

Henrietta Strickland
August 17, 2017

After Bengaluru witnessed the heaviest rain in August in a century, the city's biggest two lakes - Bellandur and Varthur, are spewing toxic foam haunting the residents around the lake.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the problem will be solved within 1 or 2 years.

According to NDTV, residents complained of foul smell and pollution with some claiming that the toxic froth has entered their homes. For the past two days, the water level has increased due to heavy rain and with it the has overloaded the whole bridge.

Even commuters faced trouble while driving through foam.

Cars and motorcycles disappeared into plumes of foam on a road adjacent to the Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru where sewage and industrial discharge is believed to have created a concoction of chemical froth.

The toxic foam is so intense that it is giving a tough time to the commuters, who are trying their best to drive away the foam.

Nearly 262 lakes and tanks are in the Bengaluru and Bellandur lake is the most highly polluted lake.

Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), the custodian of the lake, had earlier been pulled up by the National Green Tribunal. The green court also expressed displeasure over the steps taken by the different state government agencies for the restoration of the Bellandur lake. In the past, this froth has also resulted in a fire causing alarm for residents and environmentalists.

On May 18, the NGT directed the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to physically inspect the industries around Bellandur lake whether they are shut and not just issue closure notices.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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