Bengaluru: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Karnataka State Government to respond to its notice before April 12. The NGT has taken suo motu cognizance of the pollution problem in Bengaluru on February 20. A thick smoke enveloped Bellandur lake after a fire broke out when garbage strewn around it was set ablaze.
The NGT has heard all parties including State of Karnataka, Lake Development Authority of Bangalore, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and Central Pollution Control Board on March 20 and directed the Karnataka State Government to respond to its notice before April 12.
“We have submitted an affidavit before the NGT. Now, the hearing has been adjourned to April 12. I hope the state government and other departments concerned will take the necessary action to keep Bellandur lake clean,’’ said Lakshman, chairman, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.
The residents of Bellandur and surrounding areas have been organising protests seeking a permanent solution to the pollution menace. “We are happy to know about NGT issuing notices to the departments concerned. We are willing to extend our cooperation to the authorities but the latter has not responded to our suggestion,’’ said Odette Katrak, a resident of Bellandur and co-founder of Beautiful Bengaluru.
The lake has been in news for the last one year for spillover of froth and toxic fumes. “We have filed an affidavit before the National Green Tribunal on March 8. Today, the NGT heard the case and postponed it to April 12. I hope the other departments implement the action plan to keep Bellandur lake clean. As of now, the lake is under Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). They have to take the necessary action,’’ said G Vidyasagar, Chief Executive Officer, Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority.