The National Green Tribunal has ORDERED the KSPCB, BDA and State Government to ensure adequate measures to control the pollution in 3 lakes – Over 100 apartment complex must have STP and industries must have ETP

 The National Green Tribunal on Monday ordered the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to issue a directive to all 99 apartment complexes discharging sewage into Bellandur and Varthur lakes to install modular sewage treatment plants in the available space without posing a threat to structural safety.

The NGT’s principal bench was hearing the matter pertaining to the status of the highly polluted Bellandur and Varthur lakes when it passed the interim order based on the state’s action plan on reviving the water bodies. Recently, a 30-hour blaze had reduced grass and weeds around parts of Bellandur Lake to the cinder.

The bench said a strict vigil be maintained on industrial pollutants or effluents entering Bellandur, Agara, and Varthur lakes — part of Koramangala-Challaghatta valley, a natural system that carries excess rainwater away from the city.

Citing the government’s claim that macrophytes (dry floating grass and hyacinth) were the cause of the recent blaze, the bench directed physical removal of all such weeds and ordered a compliance report be placed every month before it.

The tribunal gave directions that an action plan must be chalked out for the revival of Varthur and Agara lakes. The bench ordered an action plan regarding disposal of solid municipal and other waste be placed before it.

The next hearing of the case is on February 28.

NGT has sought monthly reports on removal of weeds from lakes

Need action plan to revive Varthur, Agara lakes: NGT

This area has more illegal and unauthorized constructions, which are not mentioned in the report.  All illegal and unauthorized structures must be brought down to ensure that Air and Water are not polluted.
The areas near the old airport like kaggadasapura and marthahalli ha more illegal unauthorized structures discharging highly toxic pathogens into the valley must be controlled and severe action to be initiated by the state administration.  The area around madiwala and few layouts on hosur road, where innumerable washing units ( clothes) and dyeing units being run are discharging highly toxic chemicals like cyanide into the stormwater drain, which can be clearly seen by their colour in the stormwater drain in thavarekere, vinayaka nagar, garvebavipalya, madiwala, hongasandra and surrounding areas.
These chemicals not only pollute the sewage flowing to the lakes but also pollutes the underground water table, which is irreversible.
KSPCB might issue a notice, which is deliberately ignored by these industries, most of these industries were closed or shut shop by a neighboring state and the same has been installed here at Bangalore and even in surrounding areas.

SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS ARE A MUST IN ALL THE APARTMENTS NEAR THE LAKES – bellandur, kasavanahally, kaikondarahally,haralur,ambalipura, madiwala,agara,viburthipura,varthur, doddanekundi, kundalahally Lakes.

The order is not only for the



haralur,ambalipura, madiwala,




and all other lakes.

The Apartment owners association vehemently opposed to the BWSSBs circular regarding the setting up of STP unit.  All those chota mota complexes in and around these lakes, MUST HAVE STP within their premises or decentralised STPs, or else, both civil and criminal proceedings will be initiated.

Sources : Furthermore, the illegal apartments (irregular-deviated-violated) might also face the music for illegal construction from BBMP.

Some of the illegal apartments in these areas (50% are illegal-according to estimates) were illegally discharging the arsenic and pathogenic sewage into the kaluve or halla, which is drained in all these lakes.  The KSPCB and other concerned groups and citizens have taken up the matter seriously and will initiate the appropriate proceedings against the illegal housing apartment, which are discharging poison.

If not, they have to set up functional decentralised Sewage Treatment Plants, says government in an ultimatum

With no underground sewers in sight, apartments around Bellandur Lake have been given an ultimatum: either set up functional decentralised Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) or transport sewage towards an STP and pay for its treatment.

The existing rule by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on zero discharge from premises will be reinforced in the view of the National Green Tribunal order directing the clean up of the lake.

S.M. Ramakrishna, BWSSB Chief Engineer (Waste Water Management), says that the capability of STPs in Vrushabhavathy Valley is around 180 million litres a day, while currently, 120 MLD is being treated. “The cost of treatment is just ₹50 per 1,000 litres. This rule has been in force, and will see more apartments following it strictly,” he said.

Sharachchandra Lele, from ATREE (Asoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment), pointed out that the existing rule that does “allow liquid discharge outside premises” had seen issues in accountability.

Currently, KSPCB is inspecting the status of STPs in 157 apartments (more than 28,000 households) believed to be disposing nearly 22.54 MLD of sewage into the lake. This is apart from the 488 companies directly in the vicinity of the lake that release around 12.455 MLD of sewage. The board states that these apartments, hotels and hospitals, have, on paper, sewage treatment facilities that have the capacity to handle nearly 26.242 MLD of sewage.

However, field visits that are being conducted on a daily basis by regional officers paint a different picture. Already, more than 30 industries have been asked to shut down after inspections revealed that they were letting out their sewage without treatment. Field officers of KSPCB said a significant number of apartments were found with non-compliant STPs, and they have been given time to fix the same. Earlier in 2015, a similar check of some apartments had shown that 50% of STPs in apartments were not working.

“This is a big task considering that documents need to be verified and STP samples need to be tested. One officer can go to around 10 apartments in a day. We hope to do this by the weekend before the next NGT hearing on May 18,” said a KSPCB officer.

However, Namma Bengaluru Foundation – one of the petitioners in the NGT – has stated that this step ought to be completed using an integrated approach at dealing with SWDs.

Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation, said, “KSPCB is acting as per the NGT directions (but) the issue of rampant encroachment by builders is a direct consequence of the government’s inability to protect our lakes.”

Many of these apartment complexes had not bothered about and are not at all bothered about the illegal poisonous and toxic discharge to the sewers and water bodies.  Action will be soon be initiated on all apartment complexes, which does not have STP units, if not, have to discharge it elsewhere.

Where? Where?



Have you booked apartment in and around the lakes at Bangalore, which are yet to get the OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE?

You may be in trouble.


The KSPCB and the State Administration has taken a serious view and has directed as much as 500 industries (Major) and some 400 (minor) industries to be closed or shut down or stop their operation with immediate effect.

Simultaneously, the apartment complexes will be inspected for the treatment of sewage and will be directed to reuse the same without discharging it in the kaluve or communal sewer.

There are some huge apartment complexes coming up close to lakes on sarjapur road, yet to be completed, (Free Lunch) apartments, may not be worth residing at all.

While, the AKRAMA-SAKRAMA is still in the Supreme Court, and the akrama buildings and sites, which have illegally come up might have to be DEMOLISHED and must comply with the NGT orders.