Environmental pollution

Watch: Bengaluru’s Bellandur lake catches fire again because of illegal debris dumping

A fire official said the lake was either deliberately set on fire or a nearby blaze had sparked the waste chemicals inside the water.

The Bellandur lake in Bengaluru caught fire once again on Thursday evening because of illegal debris dumping in and around the water body. This is the third such reported incident from the lake, parts of which were ablaze for almost three hours before firefighters brought the situation under control, The Hindu reported.

Fire officials said the blaze probably originated from a thick layer of hyacinth inside the lake. However, they were not able to determine what caused the hyacinth to catch fire. “Waste has been dumped in the lake deliberately. Either someone has set it on fire, or the chemicals inside the lake may have got ignited,” an official said. “How can we put out a fire in water?” another asked.

Nearby residents said the constant dumping of waste in the vicinity was the reason for the fire. Indian Institute of Science Professor TV Ramachandra, a member of the state government-appointed committee for lakes, said the fire was likely because of the cumulative effect of a chemical reaction between the hyacinth and a methane layer beneath the aquatic plants.

Ramachandra said the incident was proof of the fact that the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board were failing to prevent waste and sewage from entering the lake. Meanwhile, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board Chairman Lakshman said the body was inspecting sewage treatment plants in the area.

Residents around the Bellandur lake and other water bodies have repeatedly complained of foul smells and pollution as these water bodies start frothing because of fires. The toxic froth – produced as a result of allowing untreated sewage water to flow into the lakes – usually spills over onto the roads and into drains in surrounding areas.

We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content  BY 

Five memes that explain why you need a toothpaste for your payday

That payday smile won’t shine itself.

At the end of the month, every salaried professional experiences a wide range of feelings. First, there’s extreme possessiveness - after spending several days trying to live off whatever little is left from paying bills and all those shopping binges, you’re understandably cranky and unwilling to part with the cash you have.


Then the week of payday arrives and you can finally breathe a sigh of relief again. As the glorious day comes closer, you can’t contain your excitement.


And then payday dawns and the world gets to behold an interesting phenomenon - your payday-wala smile. It is instantly recognizable as something different and special - it stretches across your face, from ear to ear and is mirrored on the faces of your colleagues. Soon the excitement wears off and you are at complete peace. You have worked hard, you’ve earned your keep, you are in Zen mode.


But is there a way to make payday even happier? And make your payday smile last even longer? You may be astonished to learn there is. A way that will make you so much happier – your smile will gradually consume most of your face and need extra grooming. In fact, you might have to consider getting a special toothpaste, the Happier Toothpaste to care for the smile you have on that happier payday.

So how can you get more salary in-hand on your payday? Simple – invest in Equity Linked Savings Schemes or ELSS. These are open-ended equity Mutual Funds, with a 3 year lock-in period, that not only help you save tax but also have potential for wealth creation.


The icing on the cake is that the dividends from these funds are also tax free. So ELSS means more salary in-hand for you today, more potential growth for you tomorrow! To know more about ELSS and to get your own Happier Toothpaste, click here.

Statutory Details: Axis Mutual Fund has been established as a Trust under the Indian Trusts Act, 1882, sponsored by Axis Bank Ltd. (liability restricted to Rs. 1 Lakh). Trustee: Axis Mutual Fund Trustee Ltd. Investment Manager: Axis Asset Management Co. Ltd. (the AMC). Risk Factors:Axis Bank Ltd. is not liable or responsible for any loss or shortfall resulting from the operation of the scheme.

Mutual Fund Investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Axis Mutual Fund and not by the Scroll editorial team.