Bellandur Lake fire case: NGT furious over BBMP’s approach towards its buffer zone judgement

18 April 2017, Bengaluru: Pulling up the BBMP for issuing a circular dated March 30, 2017 on the Bellandur Lake matter, the National Green Tribunal today directed all the concerned officials who approved and issued the same to be present for tomorrow’s (April 19) hearing.

NammaBengaluru Foundation brought the BBMP circular to the Tribunal’s notice today,highlighting the civic body’s dysfunctional governance with regards to thecity’s lakes. The Tribunal was distressed with the language used in thecircular and fumed at the counsel representing State of Karnataka saying ‘bywhat authority have you clarified our judgement’. (NGT’s May 4, 2016 judgmenton Bellandur lake encroachment)

The Tribunalalso expressed serious concerns over the apathy of the officials present in thecourtroom regarding exactitude of the sewage being treated or dumped inBengaluru’s waterbodies.

The matternow stands listed as item 1 on 19th April 2017.

MP RajeevChandrasekhar, Member, Rajya Sabha and Founder Trustee, Namma BengaluruFoundation said “The NGT is the only institution that is helping citizens saveBengaluru from this vicious shameless and apathetic nexus of builders,government officials and politicians. I hope NGT moves to hold the governmentofficials accountable”

SridharPabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundations said “We welcome NGT taking noteof the blatantly wrong BBMP circular that was trying to create"loopholes" for builders with Lakeside projects. We have protestedthe Urban Development departments very strange legal interpretation tocircumvent of the NGTs order of May 4, 2016 in the Bellandur Lake Encroachment.

We lookforward to the courts intervention to foil yet another attempt to circumventthe NGT order. BBMP has secretly orchestrated a way out to advantage the"welfare" of the developers/builders in Bengaluru, but the Citizensand NBF are determined to stop the run of this vested nexus of officials’ andbuilders that are destroying Namma Bengaluru”

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