Bellandur lake case: NGT seeks precision in facts, summons BBMP officials

New Delhi [India], April 18 : The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has demanded for precise figures in connection with what amount of sewage is being dumped in the lake and quantity of litter is being treated, the counsel representing the complainant in the Bellandur lake case informed on Monday.

Saransh Jain, counsel for Namma Bengaluru Foundation (complainant), also asserted that the NGT has summoned the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials who have misconstrued its earlier order in the regard.

"There was no knowledge, no clear information as to what is the amount of the untreated sewage being dumped in the lake, what is the amount of sewage being treated.

The NGT has directed them to reconcile and give them one figure," said Jain. "Secondly we today have filed an application challenging the BBMP circular. This circular has been challenged since it tries to demean or misread the content of the NGT judgment in the forward foundation matter.

So basically what BBMP is trying to do is saying that all the constructions took place before NGT passing the judgment will not be following the NGT judgment.

This matter was brought our today and the NGT questioned that by what authority if the BBMP clarifying the NGT order.

And that is why the concerned officials of the BBMP have been summoned tomorrow. The item has been listed at the first position tomorrow," he added. The matter will be heard again tomorrow. Bellandur lake foam has been swelling again. The NGT on April 20 pulled up the state government and several agencies involved - BDA, LDA, KSPCB, blaming them for not stopping sewage discharge into the lake.

The green court took a suo motto case based on media reports on February 20 and has also issued notices to the Centre, state, the state pollution control board and the lake development authority in Karnataka.

Source: ANI