Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding pollution and encroachment of Yale Mallappa Shetty lake, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 21/02/2024

  • 21/02/2024

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of News item titled "Preserve this lake before it disappears" appearing in  the Bangalore Mirror dated 09.01.2024 dated 21/02/2024.

The application was registered on the basis of the news item published in Bangalore Mirror, January 9, 2024 regarding pollution and encroachment of Yale Mallappa Shetty lake. It said that the said lake has become the dumping site of construction and demolition waste and over an area of 21 acres of lake land has been encroached upon. As per the news item the lake is vulnerable to all types of encroachment and it has become a destination for the dumping of construction and demolition material by building contractors, truck drivers etc and the entire stretch on the southern side of the lake is filled with C & D material.

The news item also contains the allegation that the road along the lake bund connecting the private layout is illegal and those who own or developed those layouts have engaged earth mover to level the debris, thus increasing the width of the road and reducing the lake land.

The NGT directed notice to be issued to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Karnataka Sate Pollution Control Board, Deputy Commissioner & District Magistrate, Bengaluru and Karnataka State Wetland Authority.