Friday, December 29, 2006

500 million litres of sewage enters Bellandur Lake daily

500 million litres of sewage enters Bellandur Lake daily
Vijay Times

BANGALORE: The Remote Sensing Data Analysis reveals that only 36 ‘live tanks’ exist in Bangalore.

Currently, the plight of the existing lakes is even more critical as they are becoming dumping grounds for all kinds of filth. Bellandur Lake alone receives over 500 million litres of sewage every day.

The water treated by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) hardly matters, as the same water gets mixed with the sewage and enters the lake.

Even after the rains exposed the ill effects of the lake encroachments, it still continues in the catchment areas. Feeding sewage, dumping garbage, lake privatisation, encroachments and catchment alteration are the main reasons for the diminishing lakes in the city, opine experts.

In a bid to conserve these water bodies from extinction in young minds, the Energy and Wetlands Research Group, Centre for Ecological Studies (IISc), is conducting ‘Lake 2006’-a symposium on ‘Environment Education and Ecosystem Conservation’ from December 28 to 30.

“Lakes are an important part of the urban eco-system. The recent study showed that the ground water level was 60 feet, adjacent to places where lakes existed. After the lake disappeared, the level went down to 280 feet,” Dr T V Ramachandran, convenor of Lake 2006, told this paper.


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