Bengaluru: Bellandur lake catches fire again

Bengaluru: Bellandur lake catches fire again

Since 2015, the lake has caught fire four times - including on February 16 and May 7 a year ago.

A huge plume of fire was spotted emanating seemingly spontaneously from the severely-polluted Bellandur lake on Friday morning.

In any other part of this world, it would have been a shocker, but not anymore for the residents of Bengaluru. However, this is not the first time that lake has spat fire.

Later in the evening, the fire started again at two places in the lake, which is Bengaluru's largest.

Fire department officials are reportedly making concerted efforts to bring the fire under control under the supervision of KLCDA officials.

The lake is in bad shape despite the National Green Tribunal pulling up the government and its various agencies for failing to prevent pollution and not doing enough to restore the lake to its pristine glory.

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Bellandur lake is the largest lake in Bengaluru and has been subjected to harsh treatment by the industrial treatment.

Some areas located away from the waterbody are still burning. The Varthur lake also had caught fire in May, 2017 when some garbage was set ablaze.

The National Green Tribunal had directed the Karnataka government to fix the lakes a year ago, but there has been no solution yet.

What causes the lake to catch fire?

Puzzled by the spontaneous combustion, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board's regional authorities had then inspected the site and found that the methane build-up on the surface of the lake had led to the fire.

The fire was in the middle of the wetlands, fire brigade officials said. Technically, anaerobic conditions due to high BOD, organic waste decomposes rapidly and releases methane gas CH 4, which is highly inflammable.

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