Around this time of the year, every year, the city of Bengaluru is witness to a peculiar scene -- thousands of dead fish wash up on the shores of a local lake. This year was no different.
Thousands of dead fish were seen floating on the surface of the Ulsoor lake, to the dismay of residents. One of Bengaluru’s largest man-made lake that spans across 108 acres approximately, the water body is infamous for its pollution, even though attempts have been made to clean it up.
Former chairman of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Vaman Acharya, confirmed that this disturbing incident takes place every year in an interview with The NewsMinute.
He alleged that the untreated sewage content in the lake sucked up the waters oxygen levels, thus leading to death of fish. "It is the responsibility of the BWSSB (Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board), which handles Bengaluru’s sewage and the BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike), which owns the lake, to set up a sewage treatment plant in the area, and ensure that is is treated,” he said, adding that he had tried to increase oxygen levels in the lake by releasing aiding bacterial cultures.
Last year in June, 32 tractors of waste were cleared from Ulsoor Lake, a miniature dent in Bengaluru's tainted image when it comes to its lakes, one of which was so polluted it caught fire last year.
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