Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar ordered a probe into the incident of thousands of dead fish being washed ashore at Ulsoor lake, a popular boating site in Bengaluru, and sought a report on it.
“I have visited Bengaluru twice and held meetings with all concerned authorities and officials, which includes Special Lake Development Authority, state government, plus Municipal Corporation and organisations responsible for maintaining the lake. They have given us a timelime on how to improve the quality of lakes. We are monitoring it.
“I have already ordered an inquiry and sought a report on the issue,” Javadekar said.
Thousands of dead fish washed up on the banks of a polluted lake in the technological hub of Bengaluru on Monday.
A stink pervaded the air in a residential district around Ulsoor Lake in central Bengaluru as almost an entire ecosystem was wiped out. Sewage has been flowing into the lake, depleting its oxygen, said V Purushottam, president of a local residents’ group.
Kiran Kumar, an environmentalist, said water samples were being collected for testing.
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Purushottam said authorities ignored pleas to repair a barrier that was supposed to keep the sewage from flowing into the lake.
“The lake is a popular fishing and boating site, but it has been choked with water hyacinth with no effort by authorities to clear it,” he said.
Vaman Acharya, the former chairman of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, said that this happens every March.
This is not the first time that Bengaluru’s highly polluted lakes have made headlines.
Last year, a toxic froth spilled over to some of Bangalore’s streets from the heavily-polluted Bellandur Lake and flames were seen in another polluted lake in the city, according to newspaper reports.
Tests found extremely high amounts of phosphorous and other inorganic chemical compounds in the lake, environmental reports stated.