Frothing continues in Bellandur lake after rains

Over the years, the Bellandur lake has known for foaming multiple times and even catching fire on occasions. DH Photo

While even moderate rains are triggering the lake’s frothing, heavy downpour in the last two days have washed away any hope of improving conditions in one of the largest waterbodies in the city.

The Rs 50 crore allocation to rejuvenate the lake in this year’s budget apparently had no effect on its condition.

Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara on Tuesday said the government will take concrete measures to control frothing and improve the quality of water.

Bellandur lake hit international headlines when the foam emerging from the lake caught fire on several occasions. Much has been said about industrial effluent flowing into the lake, authorities turning their back on the lake and relentless campaign by locals and activists.

One of the activists and a member of Whitefield Rising Sonali Singh attributed the frothing to heavy rains and raising water levels. “It was bad in the morning. Foam rose above and flew out of the mesh,” she said.

Activists also point out that wire mesh and water sprinklers installed by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to curb the foaming proved to be ineffective. “The government and the BDA haven’t taken the advice of lake experts and Lake Committee to improve the water quality seriously,” Sonali said.

G Parameshwara inspected the lake in June and promised the residents to stop the frothing and stench in three months.

The Deputy Chief Minister, also holding the city development portfolio, directed officials to ensure the Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) are functional.

“There’s no visible action despite the minister’s reassurance,” Sonali said. “The STP work is still in progress, while the BWSSB has set 2020 as deadline for this completion.”

 

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