Bengaluru continues to be plagued by allegedly toxic froth from city lake

Toxic Varthur lake foam spills onto Bengaluru road

It's not the usual snowfall which delights people and cools the environment, but the toxic and chemical kinds which has created chaos on the city's Whitefield Main Road.

Bengaluru residents were in for a shock on Monday morning as Varthur lake started foaming due to it's heavy toxicity following a spell of heavy rainfall.

It was these mounds of garbage that had been washed away into Varthur lake during the monsoons past year, covering the already putrid lake with a layer of trash.

The foaming has taken place especially in the much infamous Varthur Lake.

Adding to the woes is the unbearable stink coming from the froth. People are compelled drive carefully fearing skin and respiratory diseases from the highly contaminated Varthur lake. CCTVs were set up to guard against trespassers ignoring a ban on setting waste on fire.The lake's frothing for decades is in reaction to a steady stream of pollutants from factories in the area and untreated sewage.Last Friday, the Karnataka government held a meeting to plan cleaning up the lake.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Joint commissioner (Health/SWM) Sarfaraz Khan said patrolling had been intensified around Bellandur and parts of Varthur.

The Karnataka state government has failed to find a remedy to the allegedly carcinogenic froth, whose formation is attributed to the dumping of chemical and toxic wastes in the lakes.

In February, Bellandur Lake had caught fire and a huge cloud of smoke enveloped most of the apartment buildings in the vicinity.

Varthur lake, the second largest in Bengaluru, is at the tail end of a chain of lakes and sewage from different localities flows into it in large quantities. Bengalureans from across the city have come together to reclaim lakes under United Bengaluru. The state has, however, said the time given to them is inadequate.

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