NGT issues suo motu notices over Bellandur lake fire

Published - February 22, 2017 07:58 am IST - Bengaluru

A view of Bengaluru's Bellandur lake where fire broke out on Thursday late evening.

A view of Bengaluru's Bellandur lake where fire broke out on Thursday late evening.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has suo motu issued notices to all the agencies involved in the upkeep of the heavily polluted Bellandur lake following the most recent outbreak of fire. The matter is listed for Wednesday and NGT has asked for a plan of action from the agencies regarding controlling pollution in the lake, sources said.

The Bangalore Development Authority (custodian of the lake), the civic body (in-charge of storm water drains and alleged to have failed to check the dumping of waste into the lake), BWSSB for letting in untreated sewage into the lake, KSPCB and KLCDA in-charge of lakes in the city, have been served notices.

Meanwhile, KSPCB chairman Lakshman said that the board would soon come out with a technical chemical analysis of the water samples regarding the cause of the fire. “We have sent new samples for rigorous tests on Monday too. We are testing for heavy metals and other constituents. The report will likely be out in two weeks,” he said.

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