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Bellandur Lake: NGT quashes Karnataka government’s plea to reverse fine of Rs 500 crore

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New Delhi: Activists are hailing the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) decision to quash a review petition by the Karnataka government regarding the “environmental degradation” of Bengaluru’s infamous Bellandur lake. The state government had moved the apex green court seeking a reversal of a fine imposed on them and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP).

In an order dated December 6 of last year, the country’s top environmental watchdog, the NGT had directed Karnataka government and other concerned bodies to deposit Rs 500 crore in an escrow account. The NGT had also imposed an additional fine of Rs 75 crore on the state government and Bengaluru’s civic body for the “environmental degradation of lakes.”

Bellandur Lake

The body had taken suo moto cognizance of an instance in February of 2017 when the Bellandur lake had caught fire owing to the high amount of toxic pollutants present in it. Since then, Bellandur along with Varthur lake in the state capital has frothed and caught fire on several occasions prompting a state of panic among locals who claim that no actions are being taken by concerned bodies to improve the condition of the state’s water bodies.

Suresh NR, director of Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) told The News Minute that the NGT has stated the reprehensible bodies’ “sheer colossal neglect” and the harm it has caused to the state’s water bodies. “We urge the government to immediately implement the order in word and spirit”, he added.

Source: Times Now

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