KSPCB checking STPs in apts around Hebbal, K&C valleys

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) aims to check apartments that discharge sewage into the Kommaghatta and Challaghatta Valley.

 After checking on apartment complexes around Bellandur and Varthur lakes, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) is now checking ones around Hebbal and Kommaghatta and Challaghatta (K&C) valleys.

The board is checking installation and usage of sewage treatment plants (STPs) and has begun slapping notices to apartment complexes. Nearly 50 of them located around the Byaramanagala Lake and Hebbal Valley have received notices.

"The apartment dwellers have been asked to attend personally and represent their case. We are checking on those who do not have STPs, those operating without consent and those who didn't renew their STP licences," KSPCB chairman Lakshman told DH.  

The board has given them three to six months' time to comply with the directions. The hearing started a week ago and each apartment complex is being given a time slot to present their case.

Reasons for non-compliance include lack of funds, space constraints and fewer occupants.

He said that unlike industries or commercial units, closure orders cannot be issued to apartment complexes. But as per the rules, directions can be issued to disconnect their electricity supply and water connection.

"We haven't asked Bescom to snap electricity connections so far, but will be forced to do so if the apartments do not comply with the orders and stick to the given time frame," Lakshman added.

KSPCB is following the National Green Tribunal directions that untreated sewage should not be allowed into the waterbodies. Notices are also served under section 33 (A) of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.

It is also surveying apartments around K&C Valley. The board has also issued instructions to the electroplating and heavy metal industries and other commercial units in the Peenya Industrial Area and around Byramangala Lake to ensure appropriate usage of the STPs.

Lakshman said the board is taking into account the use of common effluent treatment plants as several small-scale industries function in the Byramangala Lake and K&C Valley areas.

It also regularly monitors the methods adopted to discharge their effluents, while those directly allowing the waste water into the lake will be severely dealt with. 

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