QBengaluru: Varthur Lake Froths; Manual Scavenger Suffocates
Latest news and updates from Karnataka
1. Now, Varthur Lake Frothing Even in Summer
Residents and commuters near Varthur Lake were shocked to see it frothing - a sight usually witnessed during monsoon in the highly polluted lake. What made matters worse was the unbearable foul smell.
Officials said the lake was frothing because of ongoing civil works on the lake. But locals blamed it on improper management. Residents have decided to raise the issue in the upcoming NGT Committee meeting scheduled on 12 March. They are also planning to put an appeal before the NGT on the issue.
“The lake is stinking and it is a clear sign that the sewage treatment plant is not working to its full capacity. The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), custodians of the lake, have installed sluice gates but they don’t seem to be working,” said a local.
2. Manual Scavenger Suffocates in Begur School Sewer pit
A daily wage worker engaged in manual scavenging work died while cleaning a sewage pit in an international school in Begur in Bengaluru on Saturday, 2 March. The victim, 25-year-old Manu V, died of asphyxiation inside the pit. The incident took place in a Begur school. The Begur police have arrested the owner of the school, the principal and the coordinator.
“We received information about the incident after Manu was taken to hospital, where he was declared dead. When we reached the school to investigate, we found that the administrators had sent him inside the sewage pit. Nobody was overseeing the cleaning and he was alone inside the pit when he died,” a police official from Begur Police Station told TNM.
3. SC Quashes NGT order; Relief for Builders, Property Owners
In a big relief to the Karnataka government and over 35,000 property owners in the buffer zones of rajakaluves, the Supreme Court on Tuesday, 5 March set aside the National Green Tribunal’s 2016 order that expanded no-construction zones around waterbodies across Bengaluru.
The NGT, on 4 May 2016, had ordered a buffer zone and green belt of 75 metres around lakes, 50 metres for primary storm water drains, 35 metres for secondary storm water drains and 25 metres for tertiary storm water drains. The order now stands quashed.
(Source: The Times of India)
4. 'If They Have Guts, RSS Should Shoot Modi': Cong Leader Belur Gopalakrishna Kicks off Row
The BJP in Karnataka on Tuesday, 5 March accused Congress leader Belur Gopalakrishna of trying to instigate people to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP posted a short clip of Gopalakrishna's speech in Bengaluru at a party function. The comment was made in a longer speech during which Belur Gopalakrishna claims polarisation of the country following the BJP’s leadership and the functioning of the RSS.
"Today, they (RSS) talk about Nathuram Godse, who killed Gandhiji. These people should not live in our country. Friends, they are trying to destroy democracy and if they (RSS) have the guts, then they can shoot Modi but don't kill anyone else," Belur Gopalakrishna is heard saying in a video.
5. Modi Has Lowered the Dignity of PM Post: Deve Gowda
Former Prime Minister and JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda on Tuesday, 5 March took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that the latter’s penchant for making “sarcastic remarks” against his political opponents lowered the dignity of the post he held.
He was responding to a question during an interaction organised by Deccan Herald – Prajavani on Modi recently terming the Mahagathbandan (grand alliance of opposition parties) as Mahamilavat (highly adulterated).
“Why should he be making such statements? It is unbecoming of a prime minister. All of us must understand that people of this country have the capability to understand which leader is talking what and they are capable of analysing it before they cast vote,” Gowda said.
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