NGT fines K’taka over frothing B’luru lakes
AFTER fining the Delhi Govt. for failing to prevent air pollution, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday came down heavily on Karnataka Govt. for the poor condition of its storm water drains and lakes like Varthur and Bellandur.
The green tribunal asked the BJP Govt. in Karnataka to set up an escrow account worth `500 cr. to clean up its dirty frothing lakes and also deposit `100 cr. as performance guarantee.
The court also slapped a fine of `50 cr. on the state govt. and an additional `25 cr. fine on Bengaluru’s civic body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), on account of the pollution at Bellandur lake. The bench has further warned a fine of Rs 100 cr. if the government fails to take corrective action.
It also asked for a website to be set up to receive complaints and suggestions. From now on compliance on matters of the lake rejuvenation will be overseen by a committee headed by Justice Santosh Hegde, former judge of Supreme Court; TV Ramachandran, renowned scientist and IISc professor, and a nominee of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
NGT observed that there is negligence by Karnataka government in protecting its lakes and in keeping rajakaluves (storm water drains) free from encroachment.
The tribunal asked the government to shut polluting industrial units, saying that polluting water is a criminal offence. The court also observed that violators should be penalised as per the ‘polluter pays’ principle and that officers-in-charge are accountable for their failures.
Lakes like Bellandur and Varthur in the southern State have been frothing over due to raw effluent discharge from factories and domestic sewage dumping including detergent water.
Tribunal asks govt to give `500cr to fix the probelm
Heavily polluted lakes in Bengaluru have shocked people across the country.