No Froth without Toxicity
Varthur Lake is toxic. The froth is an indicator of that. Let no one tell you the froth is due to the extraordinary use of the overly clean residents around here using frothy detergents. The verdict comes from IISC no less. Worse, it is contaminating the ground water around the area and if you depend on tankers for your water, you are quite likely getting your share of the toxins along with it. It is appalling and unacceptable that when life around this visually beautiful lake is so badly affected and there is no action by the government to address this effectively, decisively and immediately.
Why the sudden publicity:
Yes, the lake has been toxic for a while but two reasons explain the popularity with media. (1)The froth was so bad this year that it eventually got to the people. (2)A Whitefield Rising team that has systematically collected all the necessary data in partnership with KK School (Varthur) , IISC and Upalokayukta Justice Adi was able to articulate the issue clearly and effectively for media that has done a good job of bringing attention to the issue. NDTV, CNN/IBN. The News Minute and even Huffington Post carried the cause beautifully. Our WR member Elan even made it online with Rajdeep Sardesai on this issue. Meanwhile, BDA who owns this lake has been unresponsive. Just over 2 years ago, the same lake was in the news for the drowning deaths of 2 BBMP workers. Watch the video where the unfortunate victims are submerged in the foam during the Ganesha visarjan.
Read some details from media here:
Now Read about a fantastic verdict by the National Green Tribunal that is a boost in the arm for us as well.
- In short, the Lake has to “stop” receiving effluents and the existing lake bed will need to be dredged and rejuvenated. This can be done in many ways but none without the genuine intent and support of the government. The solution will also not happen overnight. This is a distance marathon and we will stay the course.
- We are pending two key milestones
- The Center (Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has asked for a report on the issue).
- Justice Adi has assembled a meeting of all the stakeholders on May 22 including Whitefield Rising, Government agencies involved.
How can you help
As you can see, only the crying baby gets the milk. Here are many ways you can help
- You are deeply interested in this cause and want to join the team and work on solving it.
- You can be present at the Lake on short notice to take pictures or observe changes or just be present as a show of strength
- You can be present in meetings in the city such as at Vidhan Soudha and provide strength at the meetings with the officials.
- You have expertise in this area or want to send us information that we should be aware of – eg how another such lake was treated or new technologies
For any or all the above and more, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember we are all volunteers, ordinary citizens with lives to run. Any help you provide is appreciated by all.
PS: This is the only official update from WR on the Lake.