Bengaluru’s Bellandur Lake, which has been facing severe pollution, once again caught fire on Sunday.
The National Green Tribunal had recently ordered all industries around the lake to be shut, and imposed a ₹5-lakh fine on anyone found dumping waste in and around it. The highly polluted lake had earlier caught fire in February.
Huge clouds of white, toxic foam floating up onto the roads is a common occurrence that people have got used to at Bellandur Lake. “Bellandur Lake has no water. There is a lot of weed growth and in addition sewage and debris end up in the lake. The Bengaluru Development Authority had taken up the initiative to restore the lake in January this year but so far no work had started,” the ward officer said in a media report.
Puzzled by the spontaneous combustion, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board’s regional authorities had inspected the site and found that the methane build-up on the surface of the lake had led to the fire.