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BWSSB tanker releases sewage into drain; video sparks uproar on Twitter

 

The video of a BWSSB tanker unloading sewage directly into a stormwater drain in front of Hosmat Hospital, off Brunton Road, went viral on Thursday, prompting Bengalureans to scream, “fence itself eatingthe crop” and wondering how the custodian of sewage management is turning out to be a violator itself.

The video was uploaded on Twitter on Wednesday evening byLakshmikanth M, who works with United Bengaluru, an organization focusing on ecological issues, including restoration of the city’s dying lakes. Within a day, the video clip went viral and was retweeted several imes. As on Thursday evening, it garnered over 1,000 views. he incident took place around 5.30pm on Wednesday, when

Lakshmikanth witnessed the dumping and questioned BWSSB officials, including the driver, standing next to the vehicle. When asked why the muck was being let into the drain that further connects to lakes, he was told that the filth had been cleared from a nearby locality where a sewer line had developed a block.

The vehicle (KA 53 B 3472) bore the BWSSB’s name and officials from the utility accompanied it. The spot is not too far from the Police Officers’ Mess, off Brunton Road. “This is how our lakes are getting diluted. What I saw on Wednesday explains why Bellanduru is getting polluted,” Lakshmikantha tweeted, raising alerts across social media.

When contacted, Kemparamaiah, engineer-in-chief, BWSSB, said he was aware of the matter. “We will examine whether it was a BWSSB vehicle that dumped the muck into the drain or some other vehicle. The staff in the locality concerned will be questioned and we will take appropriate action,” he said.

“This video shows how the city’s lakes are getting polluted due to reckless dumping of muck by government agencies themselves,” said Suresh NR, convenor, United Bengaluru. A complaint against BWSSB will be lodged with police and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board on Friday, United Bengaluru activists said.

The National Green Tribunal has castigated civic agencies several times for releasing sewage and untreated water into Bellandur Lake.

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