Karnataka Pollution Control Board has announced a list of 488 industries that will be shut down for polluting the Bellandur lake. The list was released on Thursday, weeks after the National Green Tribunal ordered the shutdown of industries which were dumping waste into the lake.
Bellandur Lake has been exposed to pollutants in the past causing it to froth and even catch fire. Even after the NGT asking the civic agencies to clean the lake and giving a month’s time, the Board had not taken appropriate action.
“Issuing individual notices will be time-consuming. Hence, a collective notice to the 488 industries will be issued through a newspaper and they have to comply with the order immediately. A thorough inspection has been conducted based on the set up of these industries like sewage treatment plants, water quality, and such technical parameters and most of the industries are found lacking,” said Shantappa, secretary, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).
Bellandur Lake, the largest of the 262 lakes and tanks in Bengaluru, receives about 40% of the city’s sewage, according to the Karnataka Lake Development Authority. Previously, in May 2015 and August 2016, froth over the Bellandur Lake had caught fire due to the formation of flammable methane gas.