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National Green Tribunal directs Karnataka govt to clean Bellandur Lake in one month

Bellandur lake Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Delhi, India Apr 19, 2017, 12.27 PM (IST)

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday directed the Karnataka Government to clean the Bellandur lake in Bengaluru, which bore the brunt of fire incidents, within one month.

The Bench also questioned why no action has been taken to block the entry of sewerage water despite the repeated reminders by the pollution control board.

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The NGT has also directed immediate and complete shutdown of industries set up around the lake. It further directed the state government to set up a committee headed by the Urban Development Department (UDD) to monitor the rejuvenation of the Bellandur lake.

Earlier this year, a fire broke out in the middle of the Bellandur lake. Media reports suggested that the lake caught fire from a pile of burning garbage. 

Thick cloud of white smoke persisted in the air around the lake after the blaze on February 17. Bellandur lake, the largest of the 262 lakes and tanks in Bengaluru, receives about 40 per cent of the city's sewage.

Over the past year, the lake in the country's IT hub has garnered international attention for its froth that spills over to the roads and toxic fumes that have been igniting spontaneously.

 

Fire engulfed Bengaluru's Bellandur lake again. This time from the trash heap. Here's more to this story. (WION)

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