At least a year needed to clean Bel­lan­dur Lake

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

Lake, which fa­mously caught fire in Fe­bru­ary, is fi­nally be­ing cleaned up af­ter an or­der by the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT). How­ever, one of the fore­most ex­perts on lakes in Ben­galuru, T V Ra­machan­dra, is not too happy about the way the en­tire SURFHVV LV EHLQJ FDUULHG RXW k)RU RQH there is not enough safety equip­ment in place for work­ers who are clean­ing the lake. This could ex­pose them to mos­qui­toes hid­ing in the thick ZHHGV y KH VDLG 5DPDFKDQGUD DOVR said that the en­tire clean-up process would take 18-20 months at the least and that too if there was sin­cer­ity RQ SDUW RI WKH DXWKRULWLHV k7KH govern­ment took nine months to read the Ex­pert Com­mit­tee Re­port on the Re­ju­ve­na­tion of Bel­lan­dur Lake. It is now tak­ing short-term mea­sures with the ef­fect that the dirt and pol­lu­tion ZRXOG UHWXUQ LQ WKH ORQJ WHUP y

ASH­WIN KU­MAR

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