NGT fines K'taka for neglecting B'luru lakes

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday imposed Rs 50 crore penalty on Karnataka for allegedly neglecting two lakes -- Bellandur and Varthur -- within the city's southeast suburb, stated non-governmental organisation Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) here.

"Karnataka has been directed to pay Rs 50 crore as environmental compensation or penalty, which shall be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for restoring the environment," stated the Foundation in a commentary, mentioning the Tribunal order.

The Tribunal also directed the city corporation (BBMP) to pay Rs 25 crore to the CPCB and switch Rs 10 crore to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KPSCB) for the logistics of Justice Santosh Hegde Committee it formed to oversee the implementation of its orders.

The Tribunal has directed the state govt to furnish a performance guarantee as much as Rs 100 crore to make sure execution of the action plan.

"State of Karnataka will also undertake to pay Rs 100 crore if there is failure to implement the plan," stated Foundation's senior suggest Sajan Poovayya, who appeared for the petitioners, including the Foundation (NBF).

The lakes, about 20km from the city centre, are stuffed up with sewage, effluents, forged municipal waste, development and demolition waste and weed, leaving no clean water in them.

"The twin lakes have been in the news due to immense foaming and frothing as they became the largest septic tanks in the city due to sheer callousness and indifference of the authorities concerned," recalled Poovayya.

Declaring the grave state of affairs as an environment emergency, the Tribunal famous that the authorities involved have failed to discharge their duties to the society and their dues.

"The colossal neglect has caused immense harm to citizens and brunt of which will be borne by generations. There is no justification for such environmental loss," stated the green tribunal.

On the basis of quite a lot of inquiry reviews, including the Panjwani Committee, the Tribunal discovered the state govt negligent in protective its lakes and in preserving the hurricane water drains unfastened from encroachment.

"As water pollution is a criminal offence, measures have to be taken to control such pollution and close polluting units," stated the Tribunal, adding that the officers charged with the duties are in control of their screw ups.

The watchdog also directed the state govt to make sure no pollutant or waste is discharged into the water bodies, lakes and streams.
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