K'taka: NGT directs immediate shutdown of industries around Bellandur lake

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Apr 19 (ANI): The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed immediate and complete shutdown of industries around Bengaluru's Bellandur lake where a mound of garbage was set on fire earlier in February. Expressing displeasure over the steps taken by the different state government agencies for revival of Bellandur lake in Bengaluru, the National Green Tribunal asked the Karnataka Government to clean the lake within a month. The National Green Tribunal also raised questions as to why action was not taken to block the entry of sewerage water despite repeated reminders from the State Pollution Control Board. It further directed the state government to set up a committee headed by the Urban Development Department (UDD) to monitor the rejuvenation of the Bellandur lake. The highly polluted Bellandur lake caught fire earlier on February 17 due to toxic effluents in it. Bellandur lake, the largest of the 262 lakes and tanks in Bengaluru, receives about 40 percent of the city's sewage. (ANI)