K'taka to shell out Rs 500 cr for lake clean-up

  • | Friday | 7th December, 2018

BENGALURU: Coming down heavily on the “colossal neglect” of the city’s two biggest and most polluted lakes — Bellandur and Varthur — the National Green Tribunal on Thursday ordered the Karnataka government to set aside Rs 500 crore in an escrow account towards cleaning them. The state government has also been directed to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 100 crore, which it will have to pay if it fails to implement the plan within the timeline. The committee may set up a website to receive complaints and suggestions from the public.In April last year, NGT had cracked the whip, ordering the government to clean the lake within a month. In January, fire in the Bellandur lake raged for over a day and was eventually put out with help from defence personnel.The green bench asked BBMP to pay another Rs 25 crore to CPCB, of which Rs 10 crore will be transferred to the Karnataka pollution control board to support a committee which will monitor implementation of the action plan. The NGT’s observations came on a report submitted by a commission it appointed on May 31.The report said the lake’s water-holding capacity had shrunk due to dumping of garbage and construction waste in the water body and the buffer zone.

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