Reduced to a reservoir of sewage due to indiscriminate dumping of sewage and waste from the apartments, residential layouts and slums in the vicinity, Subramanyapura lake too started frothing after the pre-monsoon showers on Friday night.
The residents in the vicinity woke up to a shocker on Saturday morning when they saw a pile of froth at the waste weir of Subramanyapura lake.
Pradeep Rudrapatna, a resident, said, “The lake was in a good condition and the people used to swim there till 2009. But due to rampant encroachment and indiscriminate dumping of sewage, the lake gradually lost its character.”
Another resident, Ramamurthy, said, Subramanyapura lake is spread over six acres and six guntas. A slum has come up on the gomala land abutting the lake. Also, the unregulated sewage flow into the lake from the nearby apartments and residential layouts and the rampant dumping of waste have only made matter worse. The lake has to be revived at the earliest.”
Regional Environment Officer of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), Anil Kumar, visited the lake and collected water samples. He said the problem can be overcome only if BWSSB lays the sewage diversion pipeline. “Frothing would not have happened had the BWSSB completed the project,” said Kumar.
The KSPCBofficer also said that the Karnataka Slum Development Board is constructing residential quarters around the lake. Till the project is completed, the slums will remain and the rejuvenation work cannot be completed.
Chief Executive Officer of Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority, G Vidyasagar, said he has taken a note of it and has issued a show-cause notice to the BBMP engineer. Further action will be taken against those dumping sewage into the lake, he added.
KSPCB chairman Lakshman said he has directed Anil Kumar to gather all the information and submit a detailed report on it.