Friday, February 26, 2010

For an odour-free lake

For an odour-free lake

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 26 Feb 2010 07:04:44 AM IST
BANGALORE: Though Ulsoor Lake is now free of odour and floating sludge, the drains and inlet zones surrounding the lake are not odour free and foul smell emanates continuously, causing health hazards in the locality.
These were the few observations made by the team that inspected Ulsoor Lake on Thursday morning.
Global Academy of Technology (GAT) had organised a joint inspection of the lake and its surrounding drainages, inlet zones and stinking spots with BBMP health officials, environmentalists and residents.
Environmentalist Yellappa Reddy said that the BBMP should take up cleaning and maintenance of the lake and its surrounding drains and inlet zones.
The main lake water is treated by GAT and Madras Engineer Group (MEG) and the lake is free of odour, but BBMP should take up further cleaning and maintenance of the lake, he said.
He also added that the BBMP must take action to make drains and inlet zones odour free. “March 22 is the world water day and on this occasion, the BBMP should take up ‘Save Bangalore Lakes’ in order to create awareness among the public,” he said. The BBMP health officials who visited the lake listened to the grievances of the local residents and assured to take necessary actions.
However, the water samples of the inlet zones and main lake have been collected and have been sent for testing at the mines and geology department by the global academy.
The Art of Living conducted a signature campaign in the morning.

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