Bengaluru Bellandur lake fire: Karnataka's capital, Bengaluru is failing to learn from its mistakes as a part of the Bellandur lake caught fire for the third time due to the illegal dumping of debris in the lake. The raging flames near the waterbody gave residents and commuters the jitters.
Bangalore is only city in India which is famous for its pristine weather all throughout the year but at the same time, the pollution of its lakes makes the city unsuitable for living. "The cause of the fire can not be determined until after the fire is doused", said an official at the Sarjapur Road Fire station. The lake was on fire for nearly three hours on Thursday evening. "There were no casualties". The fire was reportedly due to the high content of methane, a combustible gas, caused by industrial waste flowing into the lake, along with the dumping of solid waste and the rise in ambient temperature.
Over the last one year, the lake has garnered global attention for froth that spills over to the roads nearby and toxic fumes that ignite spontaneously. "Garbage is routinely burnt in the vicinity despite our protestations and complaints". Today, someone was burning garbage and the fire went out of control, " Seema said.
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"Waste has been dumped in the lake deliberately". There is also a thick mat of macrophytes, such as water hyacinth, on which one can actually walk. He added that the board is in the process of inspecting sewage treatment plants in the area.
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BWSSB Chairman Tushar Girinath said they could not do anything "abruptly" as work is in progress, including establishment of an STP, which will be completed within two months.
"Usually, a pile of garbage strewn around the lake is set on fire, but yesterday it caused a scare among residents and motorists as the smoke started billowing and surrounding the lake in the evening", K U Ramesh, Deputy Director at Karnataka Fire Department, said.
Traces of oil, grease and other flammable materials which facilitated the spreading of fire had also been found in the lake.
"Bellandur Lake has no water". The fire was finally put out around 10 pm.