April 13, 2017

NGT Pulls Up Karnataka For Not Stopping Discharge Of Untreated Sewage Into Bellandur Lake

Bellandur Lake

On April 12, the National Green Tribunal (NGT - a specialized body equipped with the necessary expertise for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources) pulled up the Karnataka government for not stopping the discharge of untreated sewage into Bellandur lake.

The NGT warned Karnataka that restraining directions would be passed against it if discharge of untreated sewage into the lake was not stopped immediately.

The principal bench of the NGT headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the Principal Secretary to the Karnataka Urban Development Department to be present before the tribunal on the next date of hearing, which is scheduled on April 18.

The tribunal also pulled up the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) for allowing fire incidents to take place in lakes. The bench directed the state along with KLCDA and other authorities to apprise the tribunal about the measures taken after the lake fire incident to prevent such accidents in the future.

However, the bench allowed the impleading application of the Karnataka State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation while disposing of an impleadment application filed by Kupendra Reddy, Rajya Sabha MP, as he preferred a separate original application (OA). The bench issued notices to various civic agencies of Karnataka on the OA filed by Reddy. The matter has been adjourned to April 18.

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