To: KJ George, Bengaluru Development Minister; Tushar Girinath, Chairman of Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board

Urgent restoration of Bellandur lake

Urgent restoration of Bellandur lake

– Push forward the 2020 deadline for installation of Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) around the lake
– Install more CCTV cameras to check for illegal dumping, ensure strict monitoring of the footage and fine levying for offenders.

Why is this important?

Over half of Bengaluru’s 70 lakes are severely polluted – the water is not fit for drinking or even bathing, according to a Water Quality Index test carried out by Karnataka State Pollution Control Board in November last year. Bellandur Lake, the city’s largest water body that’s spread over 750 acres, is the most polluted and has caught fire multiple times in the last few years. In fact, the pollution levels are so severe that toxic froth routinely forms on the lake bed and spills over into surrounding areas.

KJ George recently said that he wants the lake to become a water sports hub following its revival. While these are grand plans, the core problem needs urgent addressing.
Nearly 400 litres of effluents and sewage are flushed into Bellandur lake every day. Almost 5000 army personnel were roped in in a 24-hour operation to douse the blaze last month. According to experts, the sludge has accumulated 40 feet deep inside the lake bed. Besides, residents around the area have been inhaling toxic fumes and putting up with the stink that emanates from the lake, which is a serious health concern.

While there are lots of citizen groups and local bodies engaged in awareness and activism around saving the lake, there needs to be greater accountability at the government level. From the BDA down to the BBMP and BWSSB, they need to have a streamlined action plan to tackle the issue. If one nodal agency (BDA) is in charge, other agencies can work in co-ordination with the BDA.

Bengaluru's reputation of pristine air has been under threat for a while now and with rapid encroachment and development, air pollution levels are only getting worse. If Bellandur lake is restored, its success could be replicated to save other lakes around the city.

Sources:
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/long-strenuous-way-ahead-for-bellandur-lake-revival/articleshow/62815668.cms
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/662301/bellandur-varthur-lakes-become-water.html
http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/2018/jan/22/53-lakes-in-bengaluru-tested-not-even-one-has-safe-water-1760808.html
https://m.dailyhunt.in/news/india/english/deccan+herald-epaper-deccan/missing+cctv+footage+of+bellandur+lake+2+weeks+after+blaze-newsid-80928001

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Reasons for signing

  • Bellandur lake cannot be cleaned cosmetically and needs to be done comprehensively along with the other lakes in the natural interconnecting chain like Varthur. The authorities need to realise that besides the huge STP required, at a conservative estimate the cost of restoring the lake to an acceptable state is likely to be in the region of 500 crores (Bellandur only) and the earlier its done, the better it is. Its not too late yet for them to wake up but its URGENT
  • Lakes froth and breathe fire only in mythological stories. They shouldn't in real life.
  • Pollution affects all, not just the helpless common man. Lakes should be turned into drinking water bodies.

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