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Bengaluru's polluted Bellandur lake catches fire 20.1.2018 Rediff: News
The fire was in the middle of the wetlands, fire brigade officials said.
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Loss of face awaits govt in Bellandur Lake case 19.1.2018 Deccan Herald - City
The fire on Friday at Bellanindur lake only makes matters worse for the state government with the National Green Tribunal. "We will bring it to the NGTs notice at the next hearing," said Sridhar Pabbisetty, petitioner in a case concerning the lake. On January 5 and 18, the tribunal had discussed the lakes conditions. "The government has shown no interest in protecting the lake. No short-term measure has been implemented, except one-time cleaning of the lake," he said. The authorities are only buying time and not showing results on the ground, Pabbisetty said. T V Ramachandra, member of the lake expert committee and professor at the Indian Institute of Science, said he had submitted his observations to Pabbisetty. "Lake quality has not improved. The government has no responsibility. The grass around the lake is dry and the methane just aggravated the fire. This shows that the lake is highly polluted," he said. Ramachandra had suggested to the BDA and lake expert committee that the waterbody should be ...
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Bengaluru's Bellandur lake catches fire again, causes worry among residents 19.1.2018 News
The fire was in the middle of the wetlands, fire brigade officials said
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Fire continues to rage in Bengaluru's Bellandur Lake 19.1.2018 General News
A fire that broke out in Bengaluru's infamous Bellandur Lake several hours ago on Friday has not subsided.According to media reports, residents living on the Yemlur side of Bellandur spotted smoke in the lake known to be full of sewage, chemical effluents and construction debris around noon on Friday. Shortly thereafter, flames started rising.The Bellandur Lake according to the Karnataka Lake Development Authority is the largest of the 262 lakes and tanks in Bengaluru and accumulates about forty percent of the city's sewage.Fire department officials are reportedly making concerted efforts to bring the fire under control under the supervision of KLCDA officials.The cause of the fire is being attributed to locals burning the grassy land near the lake to get a fresh crop to feed their cattle.Some areas located away from the waterbody are still burning.
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Bellandur lake catches fire 19.1.2018 General News
A huge fire emanated from the highly polluted Bellandur lake, the biggest water body of the city, giving anxious moments to hundreds of residents living nearby. The locals noticed huge clouds of smoke billowing from the lake replete with sewage, chemical effluents and construction debris. The fire was in the middle of the wetlands, fire brigade officials said. Soon pictures and videos of the smoke and fire went viral even as various government agencies and Defence personnel doused the blaze, which also raised concerns about apathy of civic agencies towards a recurring problem in the lake. According to Defence officials, a strongcontingent of 5,000 army jawans of the ASC centre led by Major General N S Rajpurohit doused the fire in the lake. Spread over 1,000 acres near the infotech hub, the lake is highly contaminated receiving 60 per cent of the sewage generated in the city. The lake is in bad shape despite the National Green Tribunal pulling up the government and its .
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Bellandur ablaze. Again 19.1.2018 Hindu: Home
Two fires see residents, army and emergency personnel on tenterhooks
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Bellandur lake on fire, again 19.1.2018 Deccan Herald - News
The Bellandur lake, spread across 910 acres, is on fire yet again. The fire was first sighted at around 12 noon towards the MEG side of the lake in Chellag Though fire and emergency teams rushed to the spot when the fire was reported, they could not douse due to inaccessibility. The MEG teams pressed to action and doused the fire. Officials from Bangalore Development Authority, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike are inspecting the site. According to locals and officials the lake caught fire because of the increase in the level of decomposed organic matter. Anaerobic contents are also too high in the waterbody. Heaps of garbage in the lake has made matters worse. Last year, the lake had made it to the headlines because of the fire and rampant encroachment. Cases pertaining to cleanliness and maintaining the waterbody are still being heard at the National Green Tribunal, Chennai. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4WQ2MpEqXms" ...
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Bengaluru roundup: Google to help Bengaluru cops; Rooftop bars closing 19.1.2018 Citizen Matters, Bengaluru
Google to help city manage traffic smoothly, railways to be elevated. These, and more news from Bengaluru, for the week. ...
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Here’s what’s wrong with “crush-and-flush” approach to waste 18.1.2018 Citizen Matters, Bengaluru
Bengaluru has set out on a journey of managing its waste sustainably. Going for pulverisers that further increase the load on sewage treatment of the city may not be a solution for this city. ...
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TERI study maps out heat islands and urban canyons 18.1.2018 Hindu: Home
As compared to Basaveshwaranagar, Jayanagar heats up slower owing to wide roads and green cover
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Lokayukta pulls up agencies over lakes 18.1.2018 Hindu: Cities
Sets 3-month deadline to remove encroachments
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KSPCB admits there are no guidelines to check STPs 17.1.2018 Deccan Herald - City
At last, the truth on maintaining private Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) has emerged, nowhere more significantly than from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB). Having varyingly dodged, denied and refused to acknowledge its role in monitoring the STPs it sanctions, KSPCB has accepted that there are no guidelines in existence to operate and monitor them. Admitting to DH that the Board has so far not framed any guidelines, Chairman Lakshman also said it did not think about framing one since its role was largely limited to checking the quality of the treated water to determine if it met the prescribed standards. "Were going to change that now," he said, agreeing that KSPCB has to own up the responsibility to monitor the private STPs it sanctions for installation at apartments, commercial units and educational institutions. "Im planning to call all the stakeholders - BDA, BBMP, BWSSB, PWD - and even the central authority by the month end to frame the guidelines to operate and maintain private ...
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Building bridges with men and machines, the MEG way 17.1.2018 Deccan Herald - News
Ferrying a 24-ton truck on floats 250 metres across the citys Ulsoor lake, the agile Madras Sappers on Wednesday proved just why their watermanship skills are in ship shape. As those floats morphed into bridges and carried men and machines with finesse, the Sappers were flexing their military muscles, a legend perfected over 237 years. In minutes, the Sappers - Thambis of the Madras Engineer Group (MEG) &acirc;&euro;" had aligned three floats, assembled an aluminium alloy platform to ferry the truck close to the Pasina Ganj island, 132 metres away. The media watching in awe, another 10 men hopped onto a two-boat assortment that carried a Gypsy four-wheeler with ease. It was destination Buffalo island, negotiated with haste. The dramatic demonstration of the four-week watermanship training offered media persons a glimpse of what the Sappers go through for six gruelling months. Over the next four hours, the Thambis would display their entire skill sets, mastery of which had propelled their predecessors to ...
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Final master plan only after making changes on public demand, says CM 16.1.2018 deccanherald.com
The Revised Master Plan (RMP) 2031 will be finalised soon after making changes based on the complaints received from the public, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Tuesday amid calls for its withdrawal. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Bengaluru development committee chaired by the chief minister. The meeting saw objections being raised to the revised draft. Many people stated that the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) should withdraw the RMP as it is riddled with errors and prepare a new one. "We have discussed the revised draft. The suggestions made at the meeting will be assessed and incorporated. Thereafter, the BDA will publish the final master plan," the chief minister. Bengaluru Development Minister K G George said the January 23 deadline for finalising the master plan would not be extended. "We have received 2,600 objections from the public and now held a meeting to finalise the master plan. We will look into them and finalise the document on time," he ...
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BMPC members object to draft RMP 16.1.2018 Hindu: Bangalore
Seeks extension of deadline to submit objections
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Humble Politician Nograj: A satire one hopes had more bite 14.1.2018 Hindu: Home
The timing of the political satire, Humble Politician Nograj, could not have been better as Karnataka is all set to go to elections.The duo of Danish Sait and Saad Khan, presenting a full-length featu...
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Bengaluru’s sewage treatment plants have no standard design 13.1.2018 Citizen Matters, Bengaluru
Why did three workers have to die while cleaning a sewage treatment plant? What in the system failed the workers? »
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Aquifers as infrastructure 12.1.2018 Hindu: Leisure
Developing a management strategy to protect and fill them with clean water and reusing these waters sustainably would enable the city to become water secure. By S. Vishwanath
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Revised Master Plan-2031: Revisions only – neither mastery nor planning? 11.1.2018 Citizen Matters
What does revised master plan have in it? Is it progressive or just an extension of the old plan? Here's a curation of views on RMP 2031. ...
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Over 70 trees felled to lay road near Pattandur Agrahara lake 9.1.2018 deccanherald.com
Violating the National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders, the BBMP has axed at least 70 trees to lay a road near the Pattandur Agrahara Lake in Whitefield on Tuesday. In all, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike is planning to uproot at least 140 trees, including those near the lake to construct a link road to Varthur Kodi Main Road and 80-feet ITPL Road. According to residents, the civic body was secretly going ahead with the project in violation of the NGT orders. The green bench in its orders on maintaining buffer zones in 2017 had said that no development work can be taken up around the lakes in Bengaluru from 30 to 75 metres. "But this road is clearly violating the order and the BBMP officers are secretly doing it," said Sandeep Anirudhan, a nearby resident. Following protests from residents, the Palike had earlier suspended dumping debris to lay the road. "They had stopped the work, but since the heat has died down, they are back with the work," he said. Although the issue has been raised in all ward ...
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