Bengaluru's Belandur Lake on Fire, Authorities Struggle to Contain Blaze

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The residents in the area noticed thick smoke emerging from the lake and alerted authorities but more than eight hours after that, the lake continues to burn.

Bengaluru: The Belandur Lake in Bengaluru, infamous for its high level of pollution, caught fire on Friday.

The residents in the area noticed thick smoke emerging from the lake and alerted authorities but more than eight hours after that, the lake continues to burn.

"Our team is there. They are unable to take the fire vehicles to the spot. We don't know the cause yet," said a fire safety official.

Lakes in Bengaluru have been infamous in the past year after it had formed toxic foam clouds that floated onto nearby roads last year.

The lakes with alarming levels of sewage and chemical effluents had also caught fire several times in the last two years gathering national attention.

The National Green Tribunal which had taken a suo moto case after a similar fire caught it's attention had come down heavily on the state government and its agencies, and had asked them to take necessary action for reviving the lake.

However, nothing seems to have been done to revive the lake which has been receiving untreated sewage and industrial waste for more than a decade. The cause for earlier fires are said to have been due to the chemicals in the water.