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Activists file plaint against encroachment of 3 lakes 28.5.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Activists file plaint against encroachment of 3 lakes
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Panel formed to revive city's dying waterbodies, says K J George 27.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Environment experts and government officials on Saturday deliberated on the state of Bellandur and Varthur lakes. The occasion was 'DH Spotlight' on 'Bringing Bellandur and Varthur Lakes Back to Life' at East Cultural Association in Indiranagar. Minister for Bengaluru Development and Town Planning K J George said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had always been concerned about the lakes not just in Bengaluru but also across the state and had convened meetings at Vikasa Soudha. "A committee led by additional chief secretary in Urban Development Department Mahendra Jain was formed to revive Bellandur and Varthur lakes, which decided to carry out weeding and aeration. An implementation committee headed by the BDA commissioner has been constituted," said George. He said the two sewage treatment plants (STP) set up in Bellandur will be operational by July and four more will be installed in the coming months. "We cannot improve the lake overnight. It may take at least two to three years," said the minister. He ...
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Just weeding Bellandur lake will not help: Saldanha 27.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Environment Support Group convener Leo Saldanha said the NGT was passing orders for quick-fix solutions as officials have failed to communicate the extent of the crisis in Bellandur lake. "Closing down industries alone will not save Bellandur lake. Solid waste is dumped in stormwater drains. How can we expect the sewage treatment plants to work when the water they handle has so much of solid waste?" he asked. Saldanha said clearing weeds does more harm than good. "Don't look at hyacinth as a disease. Hyacinth draws the excess nutrition in water. It basically treats sewage water. If you remove all weeds, then you are letting raw sewage into water," he said. "I appeal to the NGT to consider the Justice N K Patil report which suggested lining the 840 km of storm water drains with trees, bamboos and grass shrubs. These will absorb all the waste, allowing only clean water to pass," he said. He said every programme of the government agencies in saving lakes showed how incompetent officials have been in ...
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Audience vie to be heard, fire a volley of questions 27.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The third edition of 'Deccan Herald Spotlight' on Saturday saw the audience vying for a chance to fire questions at members of the panel. Odette Katrak, an activist from Bellandur, asked BDA Member Engineer P N Nayak how does the agency plan to clean lakes without a proper solid waste management system. While Nayak said the BDA was working as per the suggestions of the expert committee, Leo Saldanha intervened to note that ward committees should be given powers and held accountable for maintenance of solid water drains. Subba Rao, who came from Hyderabad to attend the programme, suggested that the civic agencies work with co-ordination. "Our cities are becoming time bombs. We are getting trapped in this system. Today many Bengalureans are forced to drink water from polluted lakes," he said, emphasising on synergy between agencies. Alli Rani, a schoolteacher from Varthur, recalled how a mesh fence around Varthur lake fell on a bus carrying many children, including her daughter, trapping them for hours. ...
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United Bengaluru members find lakes in Horamavu highly polluted 27.5.2017 Deccan Herald - News
As part of 'Reclaim and protect our lakes' programme of United Bengaluru, members of lake groups, elected representatives and government officials along with experts, inspected Horamavu Agara lake, Challakere lake and Horamavu Jayantinagar lake on Saturday. They assessed the extent of deterioration, encroachment and dumping of domestic and industrial effluents in the lakes. President, Citizens' Action Forum, D S Rajshekar said, "During our lake visits, we found that in Horamavu Agara lake, there is a lot of illegal dumping with sewage water entering the lake in spite of many court orders. We have given a month's time to the government authorities and elected representatives to attend to these problems. We have also filed a police complaint at Hennur police station on illegal dumping at Horamavu lake by unknown people." Dharna plan Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, who was present, said that they would visit the lakes again next month and if they find no improvement in the waterbodies, then they would sit in ...
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Now, Subramanyapura lake froths 27.5.2017 Deccan Herald - News
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." Water samples Regional Environment Officer of ...
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George orders action against those dumping waste in lakes 26.5.2017 deccanherald.com
Bengaluru Development Minister K J George on Friday expressed his displeasure over the rampant dumping of waste and debris in the city's lakes. The minister visited Nellurahalli, Siddapura and Sheelavantha lakes near Mahadevapura with MLC Rizwan Arshad, Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) commissioner Rakesh Singh, revenue officers and senior engineers of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Seeing the pathetic condition of these lakes, George directed officials to take strict action against the offenders including builders who pollute the lakes. Residents living around these lakes complained that sewage and waste had made their lives miserable due to the stink and mosquito menace. They requested him to improve the condition of these water bodies. George instructed the tahsildar of Bengaluru East taluk to conduct a survey of the lakes and fence them by June-end. He told the Palike and BDA officials to file police complaints against those polluting lakes. Rakesh Singh apprised the minister about ...
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Experts, greens to discuss how to revive Bellandur, Varthur lakes 26.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Reviving the city's largest water body, Bellandur lake, and its downstream Varthur lake is a mammoth task. There are challenges aplenty. To discuss these and more comprehensively in a multilateral forum, DH has organised the third edition of its 'Deccan Herald Spotlight' at the East Cultural Association, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, on Saturday, 5 pm onwards. Deliberating on the theme "Bringing Bellandur and Varthur lakes back to life", the event has its focus riveted on the city's endangered water bodies and the sustainability of the revival efforts. Citizens, lake activists, environmentalists, scientists and all stakeholders will share their thoughts and debate the solutions suggested. Bengaluru Development Minister K J George is also expected to take part. On the agenda will be questions related to the short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions proposed to get the two lakes back to life. Among the questions that are sure to trigger the debates, here are a few: How do we stop the entry of sewage water ...
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NGT seeks report on lake buffer zones in Bengaluru 26.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) wants to know what exactly the Karnataka government is doing to define and protect buffer zones around lakes and major drains in Bengaluru. On Friday, it directed the government to submit a status report within three weeks. A bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, chairperson of the tribunal, said the report should include details of existing buildings and ongoing construction, if any, within the 75-metre lake buffer zones. The bench passed the ruling while hearing a plea from Forward Foundation, a Bengaluru-based NGO. The foundation had sought information about the status of buffer-zone mapping in Bengaluru. The bench told the government the report should list steps taken by its various agencies, including the Bangalore Development Authority and the Lake Development Authority, to implement the tribunal's order on marking out no-construction buffers for each lake and major drain. Its next hearing is on July 17. On May 5, 2016, the bench had ordered the widening of the ...
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Restore Bellandur, other lakes, reduce pressure on Cauvery 26.5.2017 Deccan Herald - Analysis
A lake catching fire is an epochal event. Bellandur made news in the BBC, CNN, France News, TokyoTV,The Guardian etc around the world. The last time a lake burned was in 1969 when Cuyahoga river joining Erie Lake near Cleveland, USA started burning from dumping of sewage and industrial pollutants. This compelled the Nixon administration to create the Environment Protection Agency in 1970 and Clean Water Act in 1972. Afterwards, no lake is burning in the US. In Karnataka, the BWSSB was established in 1964 and the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act and the Pollution Control Board came into existence in 1974. It speaks volumes of law-implementation the last 40 years when lakes of Bengaluru — the Land of a Thousand Tanks — have started supplying fire instead of water. Human excreta is a taboo subject and is coyly termed "night soil" because traditionally, it was manually collected in pots mixed with soil especially from rich people's homes, usually in the night. It has been used as ...
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Fixing buffer zone for lakes in Bengaluru, NGT asks status report from Karnataka 26.5.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The National Green Tribunal on Friday directed the Karnataka Government to submit a status report within three weeks on implementation of its earlier order increasing the no-build buffer zone around lakes in Bengaluru from 30 to 75 metres. The green bench headed by its Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also asked the state government to submit a report on details of existing building in buffer zones and ongoing construction activities. The Bench last year ordered by increasing the no build buffer zone around lakes in Bengaluru from 30 metres to 75 metres to protect the water body from encroachment and pollution. Though the Karnataka Government and a group of builders approached the Supreme Court challenging the NGT order, the court refused to stay the order and directed the petitioners including the Karnataka Government to approach the NGT again on the issue. While challenging the NGT order in the Apex Court, the Karnataka Government had said that the green bench did not take into account that the ...
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Do not allow debris to pile up: George warns BBMP 25.5.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
Joint commissioners of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike were pulled up by City Development Minister K.J. George on Thursday for allowing construction debris to pile up on the city’s roads. The M...
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Not enough funds to clean Bellandur lake 25.5.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Not enough funds to clean Bellandur lake
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Bellandur: NGT directs closure of polluting industries 25.5.2017 PTI: All news
Bellandur: NGT directs closure of polluting industries
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Not just Bellandur, most lakes in Bengaluru have poor water quality 25.5.2017 Hindu: Cities
Of the 51 lakes sampled in and around Bengaluru, 11 did not have water
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City microbreweries under National Green Tribunal scanner with regard to water discharge norms 25.5.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
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Closure orders to industries around Bellandur lake 24.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board has issued closure orders to 114 industries operating in the Bellandur lake catchment area following the directions of the National Green Tribunal under Section 33 (A) of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.

Bescom has already disconnected the power supply to these industries. Despite issuing closure directions and disconnection of power supply, if any industry is found operating using diesel generator sets or any other mode, the KSPCB will initiate further penal action under the relevant provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act,1974, Vijay Kumar, member secretary, KSPCB, said.
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Six arrested for murdering realtor 24.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The Kothanur police on Tuesday arrested six people for murdering a rowdy in Northeast Bengaluru on Saturday. One other suspect is yet to be arrested. Ayub Khan (38), the victim, was a realtor and resident of Govindapura and was killed over a long-standing dispute. The arrested are prime suspect Syed Sharieff (33), Syed Mehboob Pasha (29), Sharukh Khan (24), Syed Mansoor Ali (30), all residents of Yelahanka, Mohammad Jaffar Hussain (34), a resident of Ganganagar Extension and Nawaz Sharief (19), from DJ Halli. One more suspect Waqar Ahmed (35), a resident of Yelahanka, is at large. According to the police, Khan had gone missing on Saturday. His body was found on Monday in his eucalyptus grove behind Surya cement concrete factory in Bellahalli off Hegdenagar main road, said the police. The police collected call detail records and tracked six men who were picked up from near Halasuru lake on Tuesday. Upon interrogation, the suspects said Khan had cheated many of them of lakhs of rupees and had even sold the ...
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Rampant encroachment at Varthur lake, say residents 24.5.2017 deccanherald.com
Dumping of garbage and construction debris continues unabated on the banks and catchment area of Varthur lake, according to locals and members of Whitefield Rising. They point out that even after clear directions from Chief Secretary Subhash C Khuntia and Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development Department (UDD), Mahendra Jain to civic agencies to prevent dumping and take action against offenders, nothing has changed. "People are dumping construction material on the catchment of Varthur lake, Varthur Kodi and near Belegere road. Many squatters are also using the area near Munekolala as an open toilet. All illegal activities happen uninterrupted at night as there are no cameras," said Munikumar, a local from Varthur. The locals also point out that Tuburahalli road has become a mess because of dumping, especially after heavy rain over the past few days. The flow of water into the drain has also been blocked. Shivanna, another local from Varthur, said that though BDA officials are custodians of ...
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Deccan Herald Spotlight on Bellandur, Varthur lakes this Saturday 23.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Tasked with reviving the Bellandur and Varthur lakes in quick time, the state government has a mountain of a problem. But are the challenges surmountable at all? To debate the issues comprehensively in a multilateral forum, DH has organised the third edition of its 'Deccan Herald Spotlight' at the East Cultural Association, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar on Saturday, May 27, 5 pm onwards. Themed "Bringing Bellandur and Varthur lakes back to life", the event has its focus riveted on the city's endangered water bodies and the sustainability of the revival efforts. All the stakeholders involved, including citizens, lake activists, environmentalists and scientists will share their thoughts and debate the solutions suggested. On the agenda will be questions related to the short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions proposed to get the two lakes back to life. Here's a sample of questions designed to trigger debates: How do we stop the entry of sewage water into Bellandur and Varthur lakes? Why single out ...
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