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76 polluting industries shut down around Bellandur Lake

76 polluting industries shut down around Bellandur Lake

M Y   ¦    May 19, 2017 07:07:25 PM (IST)

Bengaluru: Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Friday ordered the closure of 76 industries for polluting Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru east.

76 polluting industries shut down around Bellandur Lake-1“We have ordered the closure of 76 industries around the lake. We have directed Bengaluru Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) to disconnect power supply to these industries,’’ KSPCB chairman Lakshman told reporters here.

On Thursday, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in Delhi directed Karnataka’s pollution watchdog to physically inspect the industries around the lake whether those industries were closed or not.

As per the NGT’s directive, the KSPCB officials visited Bellandur Lake on Friday to inspect whether the polluting industries were closed or not. “We have directed 157 apartments to install sewage treatment plants (STPs) to avoid letting sewage into Bellandur Lake. They have to install the STPs soon,’’ Lakshman said.

The NGT directed the KSPCB to inspect polluting industries under Section 33 A of the Water Act and Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act. “We have made it clear to industries and apartment owners to obey the NGT order. There will be no power supply to the apartments if they fail to follow the order,’’ he said.

On Thursday, the NGT heard the matter on Bellandur Lake fire incident and advised Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA), Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewage Board (BWSSB) and KSPCB not to waste time on making 100 or 200 page reports instead work.

The NGT had said it had expected the authorities concerned to shut the polluting industries as per the April 19 order. The NGT on April 1, the NGT directed immediate and complete shut-down of all industries around the water body.

On May 5, the state government decided to sought for more time to abide by the previous orders in which the NGT ordered the government to shut the polluting industries, dewed and desilt the lake and stop sewage flow into the lake.