Remember all those reports about Bengaluru’s highly polluted lakes bursting in fire and thousands of dead fish floating on some of them? Well, the government of India has taken a serious notice of the issue and has come out with a string of measures to revive the dying lakes of the city.
A video showing the Yamlur lake catching fire:
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has approved a series of measures for reducing the pollution and the conservation and preservation of lakes in Bengaluru.
The move comes after a month after Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) dug trenches around Kundalahalli lake near Whitefield to save it from dying.
Here are some of the key measures which have been announced:
- 24×7 online monitoring of all Sewage Treatment Plants as well as lake water quality by State Pollution Control Board
- Restoration of lakes in a bio-diverse manner in Public-Private Partnership mode, funds from corporate houses as part of corporate-social responsibility schemes to be used for conserving and developing lakes
- All residential group housing projects/apartments with more than 20 homes and a total build-up area of 2000 sq.mtr. to install sewage treatment plants
- Proper management of plastic waste to ensure that it is not dumped in the lakes
- Lake Wardens to be appointed for involvement of public in lake conservation