Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru catches fire again

Officials said this time it caught fire because of burning garbage and grass

Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru catches fire again

The infamous Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru is back in news after it caught fire again on Thursday evening, letting off thick clouds of smoke that caused traffic jams and health concerns.

Officials said this time it caught fire because of burning garbage and grass, NDTV reported. The fire apparently began in the clumps of dry hyacinth and weed around the lake at about 4 pm.

"The fire is because of dry grass. Not pollutants. It was white smoke," said senior fire officer Ravi Chauhan, as per the report.


Residents of apartment buildings - the lake is surrounded by high-rises - alleged that weeds and dry grass are regularly burnt in the area without supervision by garbage collectors. It was not clear yet if the toxic chemicals that are poured into the lake, which covers nearly 4 km, served as a dangerous amplifier.

Bellandur and Varthur are the two major lakes in Bengaluru. Both have been ruined because of the constant dumping of untreated sewage and toxic chemicals and detergents from small factories.