After the BMRCL dumping debris in the Mylasandra and being fined by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), now the BBMP is dumping garbage in the Subramanyapura Lake premises in Uttarahalli. The lake is spread across 18.24 acres. 

According to the orders pass by the National Green Tribunal recently, no person is supposed to dump debris or garbage in the premises of the lake or in the buffer zone. If anyone is found doing so, they can be imposed a fine up to Rs 5 lakh and face a complaint against them.

HM Shivaprasad, a resident of BHCS Layout said, "Ten years ago, the lake had clean water. We have complained several times to the BBMP corporator that BBMP truck should neither segregate waste on the lake premises nor dump it. But the authorities concerned say that they will look into the matter but so far no action has been taken in this regard."

Apart from requesting the public representatives, the residents have submitted the copy of their complaint to the KSPCB. However, till now no action has been taken against the BBMP authorities allowing such a practice. 

Few days ago, the lake bed even witnessed froth. Lake activists say that the froth is again due to the sewage inflow from the nearby apartments and complexes.  It can be recalled that a six inch layer of froth was formed on the lake bed, last year.

BBMP Assistant Conservator of Lake, Jagganath Rao has directed the executive engineer and garbage contractor to appear before the lake division to depose their statement. “BBMP never advises people to dump anything in the lake and it has also never involved in doing so. The dumping of garbage may be the work of contractors. We are investigating the issue and if it is proved right, we will refer the concerned department to cancel the tender given to the contractor of that area and also recover Rs 5 lakh as fine for dumping waste in the lake,” he said.

The incident of dumping debris and garbage and release of effluents into lakes is not new. The BBMP was always doing it and was turned a blind eye when common people and those with influence were destroying lakes. “However, such incidents are being reported off late. This kind of activism will keep the lakes safe and helps punish the violators,” said Ram Prasad, Convenor of the Friends of Lakes.

The activists have brought the matter to the notice of Karnataka Lake Development Authority’s (KLDA). Following this, CEO of LDA, Vidyasagar had issued a notice to BBMP and also imposed a penalty of Rs 5 lakh for such gross violation of NGT order. “The BBMP trucks were found dumping and hence I have sent the notice and imposed penalty,” he said.

Lauding the efforts of KLDA activist and CEO of Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF), Shridhar Pabbisetty said that the NBF took the issue before the NGT and because of the Foundation’s fight the Tribunal gave its verdict of slapping a fine of Rs 5 lakh against those who dump debris, garbage, industrial effluents into Bengaluru lakes. This order is surely a powerful weapon to protect our lakes.

“We should make sure that every incident of violation of the NGT order should be brought to the notice of KLDA to press for action and the complaint copy can also be sent to  unitedbengaluru17@gmail.com for a follow up on the case,” Pabbisetty said.