After a spell of heavy rain, those living around Varthur Lake witnessed a different kind of shower. For the past few days, residents of Whitefield had to put up with froth, filth and stench emanating from the lake. For the people living in the area, this was just another example of how little the BDA has done to provide them relief.

During the weekend, foam from Varthur Lake escaped the wire mesh put up by the BDA and flew onto Whitefield main road. Motorists had to duck from the toxic foam and navigate through heavy traffic. Raman TV, a resident of the area told  Bangalore Mirror that residents of the area have to deal with mosquito bites and terrible stench but each year, their complaints fall on deaf ears.

 

 

 

On the weekend, videos of froth floating in Varthur main road went viral on social media. Residents were shocked at the amount of toxic waste that spilled onto their roads. However, civic agencies in the city have only promised to conduct inspections and have shifted the blame onto other agencies.

Mahendra Jain, additional chief secretary, urban development department said that BDA would inspect the lake. He added that BWSSB was directed to introduce a permanent syphoning mechanism. In fact, BWSSB had introduced a syphoning mechanism on March 29 but it wasn’t effective during the rain, reported Deccan Herald.

 

 

On May 26, Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George visited the area and came up with solutions to stop dumping the Varthur Lake. He suggested that the BDA will cancel builders’ permits if they dump debris and pollute the lake. He also said the government will talk to CREDAI and educate builders on eco-conservation, according to Bangalore Mirror.

 

However, civic experts believe Bengaluru’s lakes are dying and the government’s measures aren’t enough. Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation said, "This exposes the failure of government agencies and bodies such as the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB). Citizens have already adopted a resolution to save lakes and the failure of the government has made this all the more necessary”

In fact, it wasn’t just Varthur Lake that was foaming this weekend. Subramayapura Lake in south Bengaluru was engulfed in froth due to pollution and encroachment.