Bengaluru: KSPCB orders shutdown of 30 industries around Bellandur lake

Shubhang Chauhan
On February 17, the largest lake in the city Bellandur Lake caught fire after the debris close to the lake were set on fire.

Bengaluru, April 27: The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Wednesday ordered the closure of 30 polluting industries around the Bellandur lake. Six units out of the 30 are around the lake, while the rest 24 fall in its catchment area. These apparently were operating without a permit. Some of these industries are involved in printing and dyeing.

On April 19, the National Green Tribunal had also issued closure of all 500 industries around the lake for cleaning purposes, to treat the water, which from here, flows to various houses in the city.  Chairman of KSPCB Justice S Kumar applied brakes on municipal solid waste around the lake. He imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakhs on those not abiding by the rule. The Bangalore Development Authority, which is on a cleanup mission of the water body, is removing weeds from the lake. This order was given by NGT to the city’s development authority.

News agency IANS quoted  Bangalore Development Authority’s Engineer PN Nayak, saying, “We have started removing the weeds from the lake to clean it in compliance with the Tribunal order though the operation would take a couple of months.” To clean up the lake, BDA assigned the contract to a private contractor at a cost of Rs 3.35 crore and asked the private firm to complete the task in three months.