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Illegal Dumping in Dubasipalva Lake

A tractor dumping debris in Dubasipalya Lake, Bangalore.

By Durwas Rane

Bangalore, Sept 29: Residents of Oddarapalya and Bruhat Bengaluru Maharnagara Palike(BBMP) have approached Kengeri police station to save Dubasipalya Lake from a realtor who they allege is constantly dumping construction debris into the lake.

BBMP (Ullalu ward) has filed an FIR against unknown people for polluting the water bodies by dumping debris into the lake. A few residents of Oddarapalya are raising concerns about the future of the lake which is getting filled in debris brought by dozens of tractors daily. Mr. Arun Kumar, who owns a grocery shop across the lake said, “I watch approximately 30 to 35 tractors daily which are dumping concrete and soil waste into the lake.”

 

The shepherd community is badly affected due to the shrinking of Dubasipalya lake. Mr. Anil Kuruma a 50-year-old shepherd said “I have been visiting this lake since my childhood.Due to dumping of debris into the lake, there is less water available for my sheep.It is getting difficult to take my sheep for grazing.”Mr. K. Venkatesh, an assistant engineer at BBMP’s Ullala ward said, “Dubasipalya Lake is public property and the wetland belongs to the BBMP.” He added thatdumping of debris into the lake is completely illegal and that strict action would be taken against offenders.

The Supreme Court, which heard the case related to the National Audubon Society vs. State of Andhra Pardesh in a 2006 judgment, has said “a tank is a common property and the State authorities are trustees to hold and manage such properties for the benefit of the community and they cannot be allowed to commit any act or omission.” The Karnataka government has empowered all civic agencies, including the BBMP and BDA, with special powers to prosecute those who pollute or encroach lakes under the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority Bill, 2014. Punishment for violating the Act is imprisonment for three to five years and a fine of Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 can be imposed.

Dr. R.K Somashekar, Ph.D in environmental science says, “Dumping of debris into Dubasipalya Lake will affect the groundwater recharge and might damage biodiversity of the lake.”

 

 

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