New sewage treatment plants commissioned : No more froth from Bellandur lake?

The treated water from these plants will be used in Chikkaballapur and Kolar.

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Bengaluru: The state government has commissioned four new sewage treatment plants in Bellandur and other areas and the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the problems of lakes catching fire and spewing toxic foam would be controlled.

“The problems suffered in Varthur, Bellandur and Agara Lakes due to the discharge of untreated water can be redressed because of the treatment plants,” the CM said. Japan International Cooperation Agency will give the financial aid to build the water treatment plants.

He added that a MoU will be signed with Japan International Agency to ensure 770 MLD of water is supplied to the city under Cauvery Water Supply Scheme Stage V. According to the reports with the new STP at Bellandur, 69% of the city’s sewage can be treated.

Urban Development Additional Chief Secretary Mahendra Jain said, “Only Mumbai, with 74% of sewage treatment, is ahead of Bengaluru, Delhi and Chennai treats 60% and a little more than 50% of sewage respectively. The treated water from these plants will be used in Chikkaballapur and Kolar.
“It is the only lake development authority in the world which is causing the fire in the lakes,” the National Green Tribunal had earlier said, referring to the Karnataka Lake Development and Conservation Authority(KLCDA) in April, when the Bellandur Lake infamously caught fire for the second time. It is also unpopular for huge clouds of white, toxic foam floating up onto the roads regularly. The situation is similar in Varthur Lake too.

KLCDA is the nodal authority under the state government which has to look after all lakes in the state. The green court had also taken the government to task for allowing untreated sewage flow into the lake.

Recently, CM Siddaramaiah, along with local MLA K Sudhakar, laid the foundation stone for the revival of Kandavara Kere in Chikkaballapur, 25 km from Bengaluru International Airport. Treated water from Bagalur STP will feed the dried lake and once the lake is filled, water will be redirected to 44 other tanks.

Source: News 18

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