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Friday, 20-October-2017

SAVING BENGALURU LAKE

Thirty polluting units around Bengaluru Lake have been ordered to be shut down by Karnataka pollution control watchdog

Bengaluru: The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Wednesday ordered closure of 30 polluting industries around the Bellandur Lake in the city's south-east suburb for its restoration.

"Of the 30 units, six are around the lake and 24 in its catchment area, which have been operating without valid permits," Board Chairman Lakshman told reporters here.

Some of the industries are engaged in printing, dying and servicing of automobiles.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on April 19 ordered the closure of all the 500 industries around the lake to clean it up of effluents, untreated water and waste flowing into it from them and hundreds of houses and apartments in the vicinity.

The tribunal bench, headed by Chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar, also banned dumping of municipal solid waste around the lake, and directed the civic authorities to charge a levy Rs 5 lakh from the offenders.