Watch video: Bellandur Lake on fire again, no lessons learnt
For the third time, the Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru caught fire on Thursday evening. Thick clouds of smoke filled the air, choking residents of Bellandur and Iblur areas around the lake. Locals alleged that debris dumped into the lake and the lakes's bank along with garbage was set ablaze illegally by miscreants that led to the massive fire.
The toxic foams formed on the surface of the lake as a result of heavy pollution fuelled the flames that raged on for hours with no remedies to contain it. The Bellandur Lake has been dying a slow death with unchecked chemical waste as well as pollutants being dumped into the water body. Residents allege that the government and civic agencies have done nothing but lip service to clean up the lake and rejuvenate it.
Citizens took to social media to put out videos and pictures of the lake on fire in a bid to convey their frustration with the government's inaction. The lake is not only heavily polluted but fires that break out now and then are a major health concern for those living in the vicinity. The fact that a water body caught fire only goes on to expose the pollution levels in the lake.