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KSPCB to check STPs in apartment complexes

Earlier in June, the froth was featured prominently in local and national headlines  

With detergents and sewage continuing to froth up Belandur lake, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has formed teams to “randomly check” if Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in apartments are functioning.

Earlier in June, when the froth from Belandur and Varthur lake captured local and national headlines, the KSPCB had ordered apartment complexes with more than 100 dwellings or commercial units to install STPs. The froth was attributed to raw sewage from apartments that are not connected to an underground drainage network.

“We have formed four teams of senior environmental officers who will inspect apartments at random for violations, such as ineffective STPs or not having constructed STPs at all. While the teams are going across the city, there is a particular focus on Belandur,” said Ramachandra, Chairman, KSPCB.

The consolidated report is expected to be out by October 9, said the official.

If an apartment is found in violation, KSPCB will issue notices, after which the owners can be booked under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and electricity supply may be cut for non-compliance.

Citizens urge action

Nearly 14,000 persons have signed a petition on change.org urging the government to clean up Belandur lake. The petitioners claim that private testing of the water has revealed that e-coli (which indicates human excrement) levels are nearly nine times above normal while phosphate is 13 times above the prescribed limit.

When the petition gathers 15,000 signatures, a letter will be sent to Minister for Environment and Forests B. Ramanath Rai.


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