BENGALURU: The hyacinth weeds on the fringes of Bellandur lake caught fire on Thursday evening. The fire was reportedly due to the high content of methane, a combustible gas, caused by industrial waste flowing into the lake, along with the dumping of solid waste and the rise in ambient temperature. There was no damage to any property around the lake.
Thick smoke emanating from the fire could be seen from far. A fire engine was also reportedly on standby in case the fire got out of hand. The lake had caught fire at least twice earlier -- once in May 2015 and again in August last year.
Civic activist Kavitha Reddy, who has been involved in efforts to restore the lake, said efforts to restore the lake had not seen any progress at all. She said the committee formed one-and-a-half years ago to clean up the lake had not been able to achieve anything due to the induction of politicians into it.