Bengaluru's Belandur Lake on Fire, Authorities Struggle to Contain Blaze

The lake is in bad shape despite the National Green Tribunal pulling up the government and its various agencies for failing to prevent pollution

Bengaluru's Bellandur Lake again catches fire

"A sentry had spotted the fire on Friday around noon. The fire was so big that we alerted all in the camp".

The lake caught fire yesterday and was later doused. The Bengaluru city once known as the City of Lakes has become City of Lakes on Fire.

Authorities have been trying to fix a barrier that was supposed to keep sewage from flowing into the lake, depleting its oxygen.

On what could have led to this fire, he opined that it could happen due to any reason.

Officials at the fire department admitted that the fire was hard to contain due to the marshy areas in and around the lake. "It would be graceful if he (George) steps down. When it continued, we were all in for a shock", she added.

"It is the only lake development authority in the world which is causing fire in the lakes", said the National Green Tribunal in April 2017.

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Bellandur Lake made big news a year ago when in August it spewed out so much toxic foam that residents living nearby complained they had to stay indoors.

The National Green Tribunal which had taken a suo moto case after a similar fire caught it's attention had come down heavily on the state government and its agencies, and had asked them to take necessary action for reviving the lake.

"Those were in power never worked for the lake".

Experts from Britain and Israel have visited to study the problem and they say that the solution is simple - stop pouring pollutants into the lakes.

The lake, spread over 3.61 sq km - about 1000 acres - in the suburb of Bellandur in the southeast of the city of Bengaluru, is a part of Bellandur drainage system that drains the southern and the south-eastern parts of the city and is the largest lake in the city.

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