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In a first, KSPCB allows treated sewage into lake

Bengaluru: April 1 , 2015: DHNS

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has granted permission to an apartment complex in the City to release its treated sewage water into a lake. The first-of-its-kind permission has been granted on a trial basis.

The KSPCB Chairman Vaman Acharya gave the nod after an official visit to the Puttenahalli lake, off JP Nagar on March 28. Upa Lokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi was also present on the occasion.

Acharya said that the permission was granted to L&T South City Gruhastoma Apartments to let out their treated water into the lake in order to increase the water in the tank. If completely dependent on the rain it will take over a year to fill it up. If this experiment proves successful it will be implemented in all lakes across the City. This step will also help improve ground water level, he said.

KSPCB also decided to install an online system to monitor the pollution levels in the lake. The responsibility of monitoring the system was undertaken by an apartments associations. 
The association formed by the many apartments in the vicinity have taken up the task of monitoring the lake in the future.

During the visit, it came to light aht two acres of lake land had been encroached upon. The Palike officials have issued orders to provide alternative houses for encroachers at Bangipura.

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