Dear BBMP, Saving Bellandur Lake Will Require More Than Drone Surveillance!

Recurring outbreaks of fire in the Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru have caused much consternation amongst the city’s residents. How can the city’s largest lake, spread over 906 acres, catch fire?

Until the 1980s, the lake was home to a vibrant ecosystem with various species of birds, insects and fish thriving in it. It was also a popular destination for boat rides and family picnics. Today, the lake has become a cesspool, marked by fires and toxic foam, which occasionally spills over onto the city’s roads.

Last month there was a major fire that broke out on the lake, which raged on for several hours. The Indian Army had to be brought in to douse the fire. Both the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the city’s apex municipal body, and the state pollution control board (PCB) suspected that alleged “miscreants” were behind the fire. As per an ... read more at: