24/7 monitoring of STPs may be made mandatory

: With half of Bengaluru’s sewage going untreated into the lakes, leading to rising pollution level, the Centre is planning to make it mandatory for all sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the city to install 24/7 monitoring systems.

Amid concern over rising pollution in these lakes, the Environment Ministry is also considering bringing in an overarching law for lake preservation in the city. “There are three to four issues which as a regulatory ministry we will deal with. We will put a condition of 24/7 monitoring on existing and future STPs, including residential and commercial ones.

“Norms will be upgraded. There was also a demand for an overarching law for lake preservation. We will also consider that. We will monitor the progress every six months,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said after co-chairing a two-hour review meeting for preservation and rejuvenation of city lakes with Union Minister Ananth Kumar, who is MP from Bengaluru.

Karnataka Environment and Ecology Minister Ramanath Rai, along with State officials, was present at the meeting.

Ministry sources said that the Central Pollution Control Board had last year issued directions to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board on the contamination of Bellandur and Varthur lakes — PTI

CPCB had under section 18 (1)(b) of Water Act directed

all local bodies to establish STPs

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