A day after a fire broke out in Bengaluru's Bellandur lake, smoke continued to billow even as ministers and civil officials continued to maintain silence over the issue.
The fire was testimony to the gathered pollution and decaying organic waste in the lake.
In all these blame games, it was the Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services personnel who played a stellar role in bringing the situation under control.
Talking to reporters on Saturday, Lt Gen Vipin Gupta, Commandant, ASC Centre and College said the magnitude of the fire could be gauged with the fact that over 5,000 Army jawans took part in the dousing operations.
The fire started on the Yemalur side near the defence land.
Army personnel, firefighters with fire fighting equipment tried to douse the flames. "The fire was so big that we alerted all in the camp".
The National Green Tribunal had directed the Karnataka Government to fix the lakes previous year, but there has been no solution yet. "It's the breeding ground for ammonium gases that cause the fire", he added. Residents say the fire was first spotted at 10am which then spread from one place to four places. There is speculation that this could have happened due to a chemical reaction, he observed. The diversion of sewage from upstream to downstream regions should also be stopped.
Thousands of Indian troops battled for hours a huge fire emanating from a highly polluted lake, causing panic among thousands of people in the southern city of Bangalore, the army said Saturday.
George said he had urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to sanction separate funds for the development of lakes in the state's budget for 2018-19. The last, in 2017, had broken out near the Bellandur Bridge.