By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: The fire at Bellandur Lake today is a human-made disaster. It is time BDA BBMP act united, and shut down lake for swage to enter and not industries, Bellandur Lake needs a compound wall . I am suggesting a way to solve Bellandur and Varthur Lake problems which has become health hazardous. a pilot project to clean it Either you close it or convert it into a rain water harvesting tank. .Let Government BDA BWSSB BBMP construct concrete wall around Bellandur Lake and convert that into a water tank and allow only rain water to be stored as rain water harvesting tank and stop any sewage andindustrial discharge into lake .By this it could store clean water in Bellandur and Varthur. If this is successful then can be repeated to other lakes . The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, one of the Narendra Modi's flagship schemes, may be missing out on one of the key ingredients of clean cities .Many of India's big cities are struggling to treat their sewage as well. According to figures from the 2016 compendium of environment statistics, Delhi's sewage treatment capacity was only 60% of its total sewage generation. The figure is less than half for many big cities in eastern and central India.Just construction of lakhs of toilets are not sufficient .It is equally important sewage so collected cannot be let in open drains and lakes but in Bengaluru BWSSB is not able to treat all the sewage so generated and it is helplessly allowing sewage to enter in open drains and lakes and it is causing oxic faoam and other harmful effects to citizens . Vision statement: Mission statement: of BWSSB both are not read by officers of BWSSB.The Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is committed to providing drinking water of unquestionable quality in sufficient quantity and also to treat the generated sewage to the required quality parameters. As the leader in providing water and sanitation services, BWSSB is recognized as an effective instrument of change through adopting state-of-the-art technologies for improving the quality of its services to the general public. BWSSB's vision rests on its unwavering commitment to providing value added quality services using innovative and cost effective solutions to achieve customer satisfaction, by remaining ever sensitive to their needs by anticipating their requirements, keeping public interface always open and staying in the forefront in all endeavors.
Sewage is not treated and it is let off in lakes endangering life of people .Of the total water supplied about 80 percent come out as sewage. Reportedly 1000 MLD of sewage is generated everyday in the city. Of the 1000 MLD , BWSSB claims to treat 843 MLD 843 MLD. But going by sources even this claim is not true. With power issues and lack of maintenance dogging its STPs, the BWSSB barely manages to treat 500 MLD, they say. Ask the BWSSB about its failure to treat all of the city's sewage and a senior officer admits that with its area of operation increasing over the years it is not able to fully do its job. "The water board was only tasked with taking care of water supply and the sewage in the core areas spread over 245 sq. kms when first set up. But with the addition of areas under the city and town municipal councils, its jurisdiction increased by 330 sq.kms. Also with the addition of 110 villages it is now required to take care of another 225 sq. kms, which has made its job almost unmanageable," he contends."In the recent past we have been laying more stress on building new STPs. Work is on in full swing to build them at Bellandur, Kengeri, Yellampachetti, Doddabele, Horamavu and Kadugodi and they are expected to be operational by the year end, solving most of the crisis in the city caused by untreated sewage water," he , however, assures.
Recalling that developed countries too have passed through this phase of polluted water bodies, water expert S. Vishwanath, notes that the River Thames in London was also once smelly with sewage. He, however, believes the problem can be overcome if people are willing to pay for treating their sewage. "The cost of treating sewage is huge. You need Rs18 to 20 to treat a kilo litre of water (1000 liters) with basic technology. We can overcome the pollution caused by sewage in a matter of two years if people support the cause and are willing to pay for the service," he says. But to me it is Government and BWSSB duty and they cannot pass the buck after collecting huge taxes from citizens and on every item citizens cannot be forced to pay .