After the first pre-monsoon downpours in Bengaluru, India, the Varthur Lake foaming again.
And the toxic foam is engulfing and blanketing the city’s main roads as if chemical snow was falling.
Ater a record-warm summer, firt pre-monsoon showers hae swept across Bengaluru last week, bringing both positive and negative consequences. On the one side, it provided a much-needed respite to Bengalureans in what was a harsh summer. On the other side, the heavy showers of past week have resulted in chemical foaming in and around Varthur Lake.
The toxic foam accompanied by a strong stench was reported in the streets of Bengaluru from Saturday to Sunday, disrupting traffic and reaching a nearby hospital and mall.
Everybody knows that this foam is linked to the pollution of the lake. And this is not the first time this chemical snowfall is witnessed. Bellandur and Varthur lakes have been in the news for foaming, and even catching fire. Last Saturday, Subramanyapura Lake near Uttarahalli in south Bengaluru were shocked to see the western side of the lake foaming on Saturday morning. Beginning of this month another lake started burning in an other Indian State.
Authorities have failed to protect lakes from industrial pollution and as explained by many residents, the situation will not change until Chief Minister Siddaramaiah suffers himself from the toxic foam.
The condition of Bengaluru’s lakes is going from bad to worse and becomes even alarming in some cases. But as in all countries money governs humans.