The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Wednesday ordered closure of 30 polluting industries around the Bellandur lake in the city's south-east suburb for its restoration.
"Of the 30 units, six are around the lake and 24 in its catchment area, which have been operating without valid permits," Board Chairman Lakshman told reporters in Bengaluru.
Some of the industries are engaged in printing, dying and servicing of automobiles.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on April 19 ordered the closure of all the 500 industries around the lake to clean it up of effluents, untreated water and waste flowing into it from them and hundreds of houses and apartments in the vicinity.
The tribunal bench, headed by Chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar, also banned dumping of municipal solid waste around the lake, and directed the civic authorities to levy Rs 5 lakh from the offenders.
The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has also started removing weeds from the Bellandur lake under its drive to clean up the water body as ordered by the National Green Tribunal, an official said on Monday.
"We have started removing the weeds from the lake to clean it in compliance with the Tribunal order though the operation would take a couple of months," BDA Engineer Member PN Nayak told reporters in Bengaluru.
The BDA has entrusted the exercise to a private contractor at a cost of Rs 3.35 crore and gave three months to complete the task.