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Bellandur's industrial woes 29.4.2017 deccanherald.com
For years, the pollution control officials were in denial mode: Domestic sewage, and not industrial effluents was what caused Bellandur lake's decay, they declared. Going after polluting apartments was then their obvious response. But could the real big polluters, the industries big and small, get away so fast? The National Green Tribunal (NGT)'s inspection of the lake offered the scientific community an opportunity for some course correction. Armed with telling lake sample study reports, they exposed how the deadly concoction of chemicals let out by industries had wrought unimaginable damage to the water body. The extent of that chemical destruction convinced the Tribunal of the urgent need to arrest the decay. Its recent ruling, mandating the closure of all polluting industries in the lake's vicinity, was a direct result of that scientific mediation. Rejuvenation blueprint The critical role played by industrial effluents in the foam and froth formation has been reinforced by a blueprint on the ...
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Lake revival needs 'holistic approach,' feel activists 29.4.2017 Deccan Herald - News
A long struggle of residents to save Bellandur and Varthur lakes received a major boost when the National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently directed the state government to close all polluting industries around the water body. DH interacts with a few of the residents to know other possible ways to deal with the issue. Bibuti Panda, a Whitefield resident who volunteered to participate in the efforts to rejuvenate Varthur lake, has this to say: "Awareness is not yielding any results. Poor implementation of regulatory norms on the governments part is the main reason for such a disaster to happen. So more and more volunteers should join hands with the stakeholders." He feels every individual and civic body should be made accountable. It works as a chain system, where the involvement of the local community plays a major role, he says. On the NGT order on industries, he wonders: "What is the guarantee that even after shifting, the lake will be free from such pollutants." Srini Jasti, a resident of HSR Layout, ...
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Fire breaks out on road following leak in GAIL gas pipeline 29.4.2017 Hindu: News
There was panic and chaos among residents as the bylanes of the congested Garvebhavipalya near HSR Layout seemingly caught fire on Saturday afternoon. Around 1.45 p.m., a stretch of road between Garve...
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Where in Bengaluru, are steps taken to save a poisoned lake? 29.4.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
On April 19, two years after accumulating froth inexplicably caught fire at the Bellandur lake, the largest in the city, the National Green Tribunal — in perhaps its strictest order yet — pulled up Be...
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Politicians, experts and people unite to take stock of Bengaluru's dying lakes 29.4.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
ACTIVE PARTICIPATION Citizens Take Ownership Of City's Waterbodies Amid Renewed Conservation Efforts By Govt, Civic Bodies
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Effluent treatment plants might prove insufficient, say experts 29.4.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
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Brigade Group accused of dumping soil in Varthur lake 28.4.2017 deccanherald.com
Citizen volunteers from Thubarahalli and AECS Layout say real estate major, Brigade Group, is dumping soil on the Varthur lakebed in southeastern Bengaluru. On April 27, a group of volunteers noticed trucks streaming out of Brigade Tech Garden in Brookefields Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and headed for the Varthur lakebed near Vibgyor High. "We called the police who swung into action and seized five to six trucks the same day. A cursory examination showed that the samples of soil taken from Brigade Tech Garden and the lakebed were the same," said a volunteer, who would not be quoted. The volunteers have been keeping a close watch ever since a local resident filmed earthmovers dumping soil in the Varthur lakebed recently. The video spurred the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), the custodian of Varthur lake, to file a police complaint. Residents said the police were yet to make arrests. According to residents, trucks have been dumping soil in the lakebed for several months now but government agencies ...
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Citizens' groups take pledge to save city's lakes 28.4.2017 deccanherald.com
Public representatives and members of various citizens groups on Friday took an oath to protect water bodies in Bengaluru. Launching their campaign, Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar, BJP MP P C Mohan and BJP MLA Aravind Limbavali along with a few corporators visited Bellandur, Varthur and Rampura lakes. During the inspection, citizens and politicians discussed the government's inaction in protecting lakes and deliberated over the need for civic agencies and citizens to collectively take the onus of restoring the lake ecosystem. Chandrasekhar said, "What we see today is clear evidence that there has been corruption in the state. Corruption is a culture that is now all-pervasive in the current government." N S Mukunda, founding president of Citizens' Action Forum hailed the initiative of building a strong group of people from every section of society to preserve the lake ecosystem. Naresh Narasimhan of a citizens' group Naagarika blamed the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) for ...
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Cattle chew on fodder grown in polluted Bellandur lake 28.4.2017 deccanherald.com
There is a section of people making brisk business in the troubled waters of Bellandur lake. Livestock in the rural patches in Bengaluru is dwindling. But whatever cattle remain in the metropolitan city depend on fodder grown in Bellandur and other lakes. The kind of fodder found alongside water hyacinth ('Sona Hullu' in Kannada) grows easily without any investment. Its 'harvesters' sell the fodder to various goshalas or cattle sheds and to farmers rearing cattle in the city at an affordable price. "We sell a trolley-load of fodder for Rs 150 to Rs 200. We sell between 10 and 12 loads a day to various goshalas in the city," said Manjunath, engaged in the work. His entire family is in the business of harvesting, transporting and selling fodder. The family members use canoes to get into Bellandur lake to harvest fodder. Once it is brought to the shore, they bundle it and place it on the trolleys of their autorickshaw and mini trucks. "Most of the fodder goes to dairy farms in Koramangala and ...
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Now, fire breaks out in Benniganahalli lake 28.4.2017 Deccan Herald - City
A fire broke out on the Benniganahalli lake in the city, leaving residents living around it shocked. Jerry George from Benniganahalli could not believe his eyes when he saw thick smoke rising from the water body.

"I was standing on the balcony of my apartment around 11.30 am when I saw the fire," said George. He then took pictures and shared them with his friends through a WhatsApp group. It is learnt that the lake comes under the Bangalore Development Authority. Eventually, it became a garbage dump.

Four months ago, fire broke out in Bellandur lake too drawing the ire of the National Green Tribunal, which had made a scathing remark on the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) stating that they were the only government agencies in the world responsible for lakes on fire.

KLCDA chairperson G Vidyasagar was not available for comment.
DH News Service
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Citizens to monitor NGT order on lakes 28.4.2017 Hindu: News
Several people have come together to form a citizens’ watch committee ‘Nagarika’ to ensure implementation of the directions of the National Green Tribunal on the city's lakes.Citizens for Bengaluru, C...
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Police nab lake encroachers 28.4.2017 Hindu: News
They were dumping debris in Varthur lake
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Corporate firms offer to chip in for cleaning Bellandur, Varthur lakes 27.4.2017 deccanherald.com
Many corporate firms are approaching civic agencies and the urban development department to rejuvenate the city's lakes, especially Bellandur and Varthur, under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) scheme. One such proposal has come to the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) for inlet treatment. "I have asked the company, Grasim, to get back to us with a detailed proposal and the cost and time they would take for the project. It will also be discussed with other stakeholders before the green signal is given," G Vidyasagar, chief executive officer, KLCDA told DH. Inlet treatment is a mechanism where enzymes and chemicals along with dissolved oxygen are introduced at the inlet level. This is done to increase the dissolved oxygen in water. Once the dissolved oxygen increases, the biological oxygen demand (BoD) and the chemical oxygen demand (CoD) will come down. The moment BoD and CoD come down, decomposition is faster and the lake gets cleaned. If this goes on well, there ...
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Confusion over extent of lake encroachment 27.4.2017 deccanherald.com
Tahsildar of Bengaluru East taluk N Tejas Kumar said survey and demarcation of the boundaries of Varthur and Bellandur lakes has begun. He claimed 16 acres of land around Bellandur lake has been encroached upon. However, sources in the government claim the extent of encroachment is much higher. They say at least 36 acres of Bellandur lake land has been encroached upon. This is apart from the encroachment of wetland between Bellandur and Varthur lakes. A top official in the government requesting anonymity said, "The district revenue officials have not surveyed Bellandur lake properly. They have protected some powerful builders who have built apartments. The target are only the slum dwellers and some vacant land. I am fully aware that at least 36 acres of lake land has been encroached upon." The officer said satellite images should be used to survey the area since the survey sketch prepared by the revenue officials is full of flaws. He suggested employing an independent agency to survey the lake. However, ...
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Traffic banned on IOC flyover 27.4.2017 deccanherald.com
The movement of vehicles on Indian Oil Corporation flyover has been banned as the Bruhat Bengaluru MahanagaraPalike has taken up resurfacing work on the flyover. The road users can take the following alternative routes.

Vehicles moving from Ramamurthynagar, Chikkabanasawadi and Kasturinagar can move from Outer Ring Road towards Uttam Sagar Junction, turn right, reach Hennur Main Road via Kuvempu Road and then proceed towards Shivajinagar. Vehicles from Fraser Town, Shivajinagar and Halasuru should proceed towards Fraser Town traffic police station and take a left turn to reach Hennur Main Road.

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Engineer mugged and stabbed in HSR layout 27.4.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
Muggers seem to be on song across the city. This time they have attacked a software engineer walking on a service road in HSR Layout. He was assaulted by a gang of three muggers who robbed him of his valuables after stabbing him with a lethal weapon.
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Citizens plan movement to protect other dying lakes 27.4.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
The fact that the NGT rap has forced civic agencies to come together for Bellandur Lake has encouraged citizens who are planning to launch a movement to protect all the lakes in the city.
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KSPCB issues closure orders to six units near Bellandur Lake 27.4.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Wednesday issued closure orders to six industrial units in the Bellandur Lake catchment area.
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Baahubali-2 tickets sell like hotcakes; 4am shows lined up for fans 27.4.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
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Now, CCTV cameras to check dumping of debris in lakes 27.4.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
BBMP to levy fine of ₹5 lakh on those throwing any waste in city’s lakes
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