NGT fined Karnataka Govt Rs 50 crore on neglecting Bellandur Lake

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today has cracked the whip against Karnataka state government, for its negligence to clean up the horrific Bengaluru’s horrific Bellandur Lake. It also directed the state government to set aside Rs 500 crore for the clean-up of the It has given and gave it a month to come up with a detailed action plan to restore the lake.

Deploring over authority’s negligence over restoration of the lake, the NGT ordered the Karnataka government and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to submit detailed action plans on cleaning up the lake. It also came down on them heavily for neglecting the conservation on lakes and failing to act to prevent encroachment of storm water drains.

The NGT has handed over half of the fined amount, Rs 25 crore to the BBMP. The green bench ordered the Karnataka government to implement the recommendations of the Manoj Panjwani Committee, and to ensure that no pollutant water is discharged into the already polluted lake.

The NGT also set up a committee headed by retired Supreme Court judge and former state Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, to oversee the implementation of its orders. This committee would include Prof TV Ramachandra of the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the elite Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and a nominee of the Central Pollution Control Board.

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