High Court seeks info on status of Bellandur lake cleaning

High Court seeks info on status of Bellandur lake cleaning

The High Court of Karnataka on Monday asked the state government when it would finish cleaning Bellandur lake.

 A division bench comprising Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar asked the government to inform the court about the status of the lake in the next six weeks.

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Rajya Sabha member D Kupendra Reddy and a resident of HSR Layout seeking directions to the government agencies to stop the increasing pollution levels in the Bellandur lake. During the hearing, government counsel V Sreenidhi submitted to the court that government has constituted a committee which comprises all the civic agencies to oversee cleaning of the lake. He inrormed the court that desilting and weeding were in progress.

 The counsel also said that 60 of the 74 industries located around Bellandur lake have been asked to relocate.
The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) filed an affidavit in the court saying that lack of underground drain (UGD) connection on the outskirts of the city, especially around Bellandur, was one of the reasons for lake pollution.

The board said that the work related to laying the UGD was only taken up in the year 2009 and was being carried out in a phased manner. Besides this, the BWSSB is also installing sewage treatment plants in major valleys and several parts of the city.
DH News Service 

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