The National Green Tribunal on Monday came down heavily on the Karnataka government and private builders for the pathetic state of the Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru. The NGT asked Mantri Techzone Pvt Ltd and Core Mind Software and Services Pvt Ltd to file a compliance report in terms of the directions passed in the judgement on May 4, 2016. The NGT also refused to move the case to Karnataka high court as impleaded.
The NGT also gave state authorities such as Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority, Bengaluru Development Authority, Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewage Board and Central Pollution Control Board two weeks time to file responses as to why they should not be prosecuted under the Environment Protection Act.
Monday's directives come after the Namma Bengaluru foundation sought NGT's intervention on February 22 after a fire broke out in Bellandur lake frothing with toxins. The NGT was appraised that the lake had caught fire due to the burning of solid municipal waste, garbage in the lake catchment. The NBF told the NGT that there was no proper quantification of the actual amount of treated or untreated sewage entering the Lake. All estimates are based on old data.
In its judgement of May 2016, the NGT had ordered to reclaiming of encroached space around the lake at the cost of Mantri Techzone Pvt Ltd. NGT had demanded that the possession of the encroached area be restored by them to the concerned authorities immediately. In addition, a buffer zone of 75 meters was also ordered to be provided between the lake and the project area.