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Karnataka officials hold meet to discuss NGT interim order on Bellandur lake

Karnataka officials hold meet to discuss NGT interim order on Bellandur lake

M Y   ¦    Apr 21, 2017 05:21:12 PM (IST)

Bengaluru: A meeting was held on Friday to prepare an action plan for the restoration of Bellandur Lake as per the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directive. On April 19, the NGT had directed the Karnataka Government to prepare and submit an action plan for the restoration of Bellandur Lake within two weeks.

Karnataka officials hold meet to discuss NGT interim order on Bellandur lake-1“A meeting, presided by Chief Secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia, was held today. We have discussed the NGT’s interim order on Bellandur Lake. It is too early to disclose the details of the meeting,’’ S Shanthappa, Member Secretary, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), said.

The NGT, in an interim order, had directed the Karnataka Government to shut down the industries that are polluting Bellandur Lake. It had also directed the authorities concerned to impose a penalty of Rs 5 lakh on those who dump waste or release waste into Bellandur Lake.

“We have already issued closure notice to six industrial units for not complying with environmental norms,’’ Shanthappa said. The KSPCB has commenced identification of industries that are letting waste and untreated water into Bellandur Lake.

The industries in the vicinity of Bellandur Lake are divided into four categories. There are 486 industrial units around Bellandur Lake. Among them, 46 fall under red category, 76 under orange category, 366 under green category. Industrial units having pollution index score of 60 and above are categorised as red, industrial units with pollution index score of 41-59 are under orange category, pollution index of 21-40 are categorised as green and up to 20 are categorised as white.

“We have discussed about the measures to be taken to implement the NGT interim order. Results can be seen within one week,’’ G Vidyasagar, Chief Executive Officer, Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA), said. About 365 million litres (MLD) of industrial effluents and domestic sewage flows into Belladur Lake from industrial units and hundreds of residential apartments.