⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤06 May 2021
- Dumping of industrial effluents into waterbodies is a regularity in Harohalli industrial area. This particular incident was first reported to BET by Cheelur gram panchayat members, who then lodged a telephonic and whatsapp complaint with Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB),who is yet to do anything about it. It was later covered by Vijaya Karnataka.
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤27 Apr 2021
- Alert motorist called Bidadi police and KSPCB. KSPCB filed a complaint (not an FIR) with Bidadi police. The police had let the tanker and the driver go, before KSPCB officer came on-site for inspection, as reported by regional officer of KSPCB, Ramnagara.
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤03 Apr 2021
- The citizens stood watch and alerted Kumbalgodu police when a 20,000 litre capacity Bharat Petroleum tanker pulled up next to the river to dump. The police rushed to the spot within minutes, by which time the truck had dumped. Read the full story here as documented by us.
The seized tanker parked near Kumbalgodu Police Station
LOCATION: Vrishabhavati river near Good Earth, Kumbalgodu
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤29 Dec 2020
- Waste originating from ISRO and Life Cell International Pvt Ltd were caught by BBMP Marshalls as reported by Bangalore Mirror.
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤13 Dec 2020
- K.T.V reporter alerted Kaggalipura Police Station of two tankers dumping industrial effluents into Vrishabhavathi river near Thagachguppe Village.The the reporter was intimidated by the organised dumpers who came in a separate car, as recorded in Kaggalipura Police Log.
LOCATION: Vrishabhavathi river near Thagachguppe Village, Kumbalgodu
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤12 Dec 2020
- Bad odour emanating from the storm water drains in RajarajeswariNagar has been the bane of local citizens for more than a year. It’s not just the odour, the drain water changes colour as well. On some days, it is a dirty yellow and on other days it is a murky red. All these years, as usual, the residents would complain about dumping of effluents in the drain. The authorities would receive their complaints but nothing would be done about it. Continue reading at Bangalore Mirror.
LOCATION:Stormwater drain near nice road junction, RR Nagar.
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤Aug 2020 - Dec 2020
- The residents of Krishna Gardens apartment complex and other homes have been waking up to the pungent chemical smell, causing headaches, nausea, tiredness, breathing difficulties and other maladies. This pervasive pungent chemical smell is the result of toxic industrial effluents dumped into the stream-turned drain, supposedly by tankers, in the wee hours. “The smell is so bad we find it difficult to breathe the air, sometimes”, say the residents in a letter to the local MLA. Continue reading BET's extensive coverage of this issue here.
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤18 Mar 2020
- BBMP Marshalls and police caught 3 tankers illegally transporting chemical waste.The tanker was dumping chemical waste from a factory in Yelahanka Industrial area. The tanker was confiscated by Byadarahalli and RR Nagar police station as reported by Bangalore Mirror.
LOCATION: Drain near RRnagar Arch
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤13 Mar 2020
- While on duty, at around 2 a.m., the marshals caught two trucks dumping the chemical waste. Sensing trouble, the drivers drove away before the marshals stopped them. “However, the marshals managed to take down the registration number of vehicles and reported the matter,” said a police officer as reported by The Hindu.
LOCATION: Vrishabhavathi River near RajarajeshwariNagar arch
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤05 Mar 2020
- Alert residents and civil society group Namami Vrishabhavati twittered about the yellow chemical dump by five trucks.
LOCATION: Drain leading to Vrishabhavati river near RRnagar Arch (close to Gopalan Arcade)
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤19 Jan 2020
- Alert residents of a gated community caught a truck driver trying to dump chemical waste into the Vrishabhavathi river on Saturday night. The truck was seized and the keys were taken away by the residents. But, when the residents, accompanied by the beat police, went to the Kengeri police station to file a complaint, the driver vanished along with the truck as reported by The Hindu.
LOCATION: Vrishabhavati river near Good Earth Orchard, Kengeri
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤ Nov 2019
- Kengeri police caught a tanker carrying effluents of Zodiac garments from Yelahanka industrial area. The tanker was apparently destined for Govind Solvents, a common effluent treatment plant, in Tumkur, but instead was dumping midway into Vrishabhavathi river, as reported by Kannada Newspaper Vijaya Karnataka.
LOCATION: Vrishabhavati River near Mylsandra STP on Mysore Rd.
- Industrial waste from Harohalli Industrial Area is dumped into the river at night. The farmers find out the next morning as the pungent smell covers the area. This is a frequent occurrence in Kadasikoppa village, which is close to Harohalli Industrial Area. BET investigated and recorded dumping incidents as shown by local farmers in the video below.
LOCATION: Vrishabhavati river near Kadasikoppa (12.693654, 77.405137)
- Industrial waste from Harohalli Industrial Area is dumped into the river at night. The farmers find out the next morning as the pungent smell covers the area. Fish kill happened 20 days before BET visited the site, as reported by the locals. Dumping is a frequent occurrence in and around Bannikuppe village, which is next to Harohalli Industrial Area. BET investigated and recorded dumping incidents as shown by local farmers in the video below.
LOCATION: Suvarnamukhi Stream leading to Vrishabhavati river near Banikuppe (12.672170, 77.420522)
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤24 Jul 2019
- The RMC Yard police nabbed two tanker drivers red-handed for emptying wastewater from garment factories into a stormwater drain on July 21 as reported by Deccan Herald.
LOCATION: Stormwater drain along the ESI Hospital Road, Rajajinagar
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤15 Jul 2019
- Daily commute on a stretch near Nayandahalli made a 38-year-old woman stumble on a tanker discharging water mixed with chemicals into a Raja Kaluve (stormwater drain) there. And her relentless efforts have led to the arrest of the tanker driver eventually. FIR filed in Batarayanapura police station as covered by New Indian Express
- Upon reading the New Indian Express article, BET visited the spot in the early hours of 16th July and found from local interviews that tankers have been routinely dumping toxic effluents into the V-river valley near Mysore Rd, between Gopalan Arcade and Shekar Engineering works. The chemical stench from nightly tanker dumps into Vrishabhavathi river, next to Trident Honda, actually made the employees of Trident Honda sick. The employees complained of nausea, tiredness, stomach ache, nasal irritation etc. Rajarajeshwari Nagar Regional officer (RO) of KSPCB was notified about this clandestine activity. The RO visited the site and coerced the owner of the plot next to Trident Honda to erect a wall, so as to prevent access to the tankers. The wall was erected in a day. Unable to dump next to Trident Honda, the tankers found another convenient spot, next to metro construction site, opposite to Shekar engineering works. This is a great example of how pollution control board finds 'wall' solutions to handle illegal tanker dumps. The video of our investigation below.
LOCATION: Vrishabhavathi river Gopalan Arcade and Shekar Engineering works.
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤26 May 2019
- The residents of BEML, 5th Stage, Rajarajeshwarinagar, seized a sewage tanker belonging to the Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board(BWSSB) allegedly dumping untreated sewage into a farm in their locality. They surrounded the vehicle, forced the driver out and took away the keys as reported by The Hindu.
LOCATION: BEML, 5th Stage, Rajarajeshwarinagara
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤10 May 2019
- Kamakshipalya assistant sub-inspector Venkatachalaiah, who was patrolling near Sumanahalli Junction at 10pm, caught three men while they were dumping industrial waste into the valley. Alok Sharma, Shyam and Jeelan were getting rid of garment waste, including oil and clothes from a factory in Mahadeshwaranagar, as reported by Times of India.
- Enquiring with the residents of Sir M Visvesvaraya Layout, we found that frequent tanker dumps happens at night and pungent chemical smell that lingers all day causes breathing difficulties. New Indian Express reported BDA executive engineer Devanand saying “We have received information that the disposal of chemicals was done by some people from Peenya Industrial Area. We have not yet traced the actual culprit” Fish end up dead in this lake with the latest fish death reported on 30 May 2020
LOCATION: Komghatta Lake in Vrishabhavathi River Basin
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤03 Jul 2018
- Villagers caught a tanker, reported to Bidadi police station and filed an FIR. The Bidadi police did not intimate pollution control board. Eventually, the police closed the FIR with a ‘b’ report, accusing the villagers of malicious intent.
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤04 Jan 2017
- KSPCB filed cases against industrial polluters for discharging waste into the Vrishabhavathi river valley. The Board officials, along with the local police, seized three tankers carrying untreated effluents based on a tip-off from locals around the valley. KSPCB chairman Lakshman told DH that this was the first time that the Board had taken such an action. The lorry was carrying effluents to Nice Road instead of going to Govind Solvents in Kunigal, where a common treatment plant is located, as reported by Deccan Herald.
LOCATION: One Tanker Sheshgirihalli, Bidadi Hobli. Two tankers on Mysore Road
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤10 Aug 2017
- The Karnataka Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has got an FIR filed against New Food Pvt Ltd, which has a unit in KIDAB Industrial Area in Tumkur, for letting out industrial water into the Vrishabhavathi river valley near Uttarahalli–Kenger Road. The KSPCB’s divisional officer in Rajarajeshwari Nagar had received a complaint from a local resident on Wednesday that industrial waste water was being released into the river valley through tankers as covered by by Bangalore Mirror.
LOCATION: Vrishabhavathi river near Uttarahalli–Kengeri Road.
⭕➤➤➤➤➤➤07 Sept 2007
- On September 7, the KSPCB received a call from an informer that some people were extracting copper from industrial effluents at Kambipura area in south Bangalore and discharging the waste water into the Vrishabhavati river. The officials, along with the police, raided the place, as reported by Down to Earth.
LOCATION: Farmland next to Vrishabhavati river in Kambipura area
- M/s.Karnataka Chemsyn Ltd from Jigani Industrial Area in Anekal Taluk was illegally dumping hazardous chemical waste near city railway station track in Okalipuram as shown in the report. The industry was compelled to clean up the site.
LOCATION: Okalipuram near City Railway station track in the Vrishabhavathi River basin.