On Thursday, May 18, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to inspect whether defaulting industries have been shut around the Bellandur Lake instead of just issuing notices. It has also asked the KSPCB to check apartments letting sewage water into the lake.
The KSPCB has issued closure notices to 76 out of 97 industries around the lake. KSPCB chairman Lakshman has said that a joint probe will be conducted by the police and development authorities along with KSPCB officials and ensure the sealing of industries that continue to operate after receiving the closure notice.
The NGT has also directed the pollution control board to focus on apartments letting sewage into the water body. KSPCB had identified 157 apartments, hotels and hospitals within the vicinity of the lake that let out nearly 22.54 million litres of sewage a day. The KSPCB chairman has said that most Sewage Treatment Plants are non-operational in apartments and has identified 157 apartments and commercial establishments in the area. 25 per cent of these let untreated sewage into the lake.
The NGT has given the board time until June 13, when the next hearing will take place, to inspect the samples of the sewage and get them tested from the IISC.