140 industries in Bommasandra charged with lake pollution

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The Bommasandra Town Municipal Council (TMC) has sent notices to over 140 industries charge them for pollution of Kithiganahalli Lake.

The notice has been issued after a span of 6 months from when the National Green Tribunal (NGT) criticized the state government and TMC for the efforts to resolve the rising lake pollution and were fined Rs 10 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively.

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) raised the issue of untreated sewage of 200 kilo litre per day (KLPD) from Bommasandra in a meeting organized by the Urban Development Department.

To solve the issue for a temporary fix, TMC will set up sewage treatment units for sewage treatment from the two wards flowing into the tanks owned by Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB).

A government source stated, “The KSPCB has not taken action against the industries for more than 10 years…. Treating industry effluent is a complicated procedure. ”

The TMC has mentioned to the government about issuing notice to about 140 industries, which includes some major ones.

“We are aware of the problem that the TMC can’t impose fines. The KSPCB has to be pulled up in the coming days for not doing its job,” the source further added. The member secretary of KSPCB was not available to comment on the issue.

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