NGT raps Karnataka government over foam on roads from Varthur lake

[] The National Green Tribunal has taken the Karnataka government and its civic authorities to task, over foam spilling over into the streets in Bengaluru, near the Varthur lake, causing massive traffic jams in the city

A bench headed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) chairperson, justice Swatanter Kumar, has asked the Karnataka government to urgently look into the issue of foam spilling over into the streets from Bengaluru’s Varthur lake. “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” the bench said.

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The observations came, after a lawyer informed the bench that foam was being formed in the Varthur lake in the Whitefield area of Bengaluru once again, after heavy pre-monsoon showers hit the city. The foam from the lake had spilled on to the streets, causing inconvenience to commuters along the roads surrounding the lake, the lawyer said, adding that the unbearable stench emanating from the lake had added to the woes of the residents in the city.

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The counsel appearing for the state pollution control board, told the bench they were looking into the issue and would apprise the tribunal on the next date of hearing. On February 20, 2017, the NGT had taken cognisance of media reports and photographs of the incident in which a fire broke out in the Bengaluru’s Bellandur lake. Thick clouds of white smoke persisted for several days in the air around the Bellandur lake after the blaze.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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