Bengaluru’s Bellandur lake spills toxic foam again, CM Siddaramaiah says problem will be solved in 1 or 2 years

Bengaluru lake spills toxic foam: On May 18, NGT had also directed the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to inspect if the industries around the Bellandur lake had been shut down or not

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 17, 2017 3:43 pm
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Bengaluru’s famous Bellandur Lake was spilling toxic foam onto its streets after a week of heavy rainfall on Thursday, even as Chief Minister Siddaramaiah assured that the problem will be solved in one or two years. The toxic spillage from the Bellandur lake became even worse after Tuesday’s downpour, which saw the highest rainfall for the month of August in over a decade. Residents complained of foul smell and pollution with some claiming that the toxic froth has entered their homes. The toxic foam spilled over onto the road on Wednesday night, enveloping nearby vehicles.

Commenting on the situation, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was quoted by news agency ANI as saying: “It is there, it will be solved within 1 or 2 years. The government is taking all necessary actions.”

“This foam problem has been there for a very long time. Due to heavy rain for past two days, the water level has increased and now the foam has overloaded the whole bridge. Because of this, it is difficult for commuters to drive on the road. The residents are also trying hard to solve this matter,” a local resident Jitesh told ANI.

Bellandur Lake, which is one of the largest of the 262 lakes in Bengaluru, has spilled toxic foam many times in the recent past. Taking cognizance of it, the National Green Tribunal took the matter suo motu. Earlier in April, it had directed immediate and complete shutdown of 76 polluting industries around the lake. The directive came after a mound of garbage was set on fire in February causing massive pollution in the area.

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On May 18, NGT had also directed the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to inspect if the industries around the lake had been shut down or not. The green court also expressed displeasure over the steps taken by the different state government agencies for the restoration of the Bellandur lake.

“What is this going on? How are you getting so much of foam? Why can’t you remove the factor which generates foam? There are traffic jams which further leads to air pollution. First you put your lakes on fire and now cause traffic jam. You can’t do this. Look into this matter and resolve it,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

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    Jay
    Aug 18, 2017 at 10:28 pm
    There are several trucks dump toxic water into the canal near to marathalli, this happens right behind the police station everyday nobody questions them
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      Murali Sridhar
      Aug 18, 2017 at 6:23 pm
      Mr CM, you cant perform, quit, shameless to say 1 or 2 years, what action has been taken, only if you get up from slumber you wil know what can be done!! We need responsibility to be taken up the sleeves and not stupid answers!!
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        Er Dr
        Aug 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm
        Basically the large scale foam comes from the phosphates in the soaps and detergents which go into the sewage. Foam basically arises when there is agitation of the sewage. A simple addition of Poly Aluminum Chloride (PAC) or Sulphate (PAS) which are true liquids and injected before the final clarifiers in sewage treatment plants will precipitate the phosphorous in the sludge and phosphorous will not flow out. This means there will be no foaming. The situation is not due to industrial wastewaters. That volume is insignificant compared to the crores of liters of sewage flowing into the lake from the sewage treatment plants of K C valley, V valley, Kengeri etc upstream. To inject this PAC or PAS the only infrastructure needed is a dosing tank and dosing pump injecting into the mixed liquor pipeline going to the clarifiers. The running cost will be 50 paise for a kilolitre of sewage as compared to the present cost of about 2 to 3 Rupees per kilolitre. High time this is done-easily
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          Gienie
          Aug 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm
          It is Shame to all the IT revolutionaries and builders lobbies etc.. putting once beautiful city under tremendous pressure to service thier success... they earned corers from this city, making junk now...left to poor govt deal with this ...wake up guys..help govt save the city...or it will turn in to garbage bin soon .........SAVE Bengaluru
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            K.chandrasekaran
            Aug 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm
            leading corporates in bangalore may be requested to attend to the problem and tax concessions be given to them
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