Bangalore: Cars almost vanish in toxic foam

Bengaluru has always been known as a city with really bad traffic conditions. However, traffic was not the only thing passengers had to contend with over the past few days. They had to deal with the excessive water logging which the city saw and not only that, a few motorists were shocked to find foam on the road. A video below shows how massive amounts of foam landed on the road, blocking it and making it tough for motorists to drive past.

Why the foam?

Over the past few days, there has been a lot of rain that the city has seen. The foam that you see here is a cocktail of chemicals and untreated sewage which has been dumped into the lakes. The two lakes which were majorly affected were the Bellandur lake (a video of which you see above) and Varthur lake.

There are a lot of factories that are located in that area and hence a lot of chemicals are dumped into the lakes, causing such issues to arise. While the lake has been frothy, it never managed to come onto the road and cause a disruption. For the first time, the lake overflowed and all the foam made its way to the road.

Not only is it bad for the visibility on the road, it is also toxic and could cause many diseases.

First time?

No, this is not the first time that the lakes have become frothy. Over the past 3 years, there have been many instances where such cases have taken place, even causing a fire once. The NGT has ordered that all industries in and around that area should be shut down and that a fine of Rs 5 lakh was to be imposed on anyone who was found dumping waste in and around the lake. However industries still continue to be open and functioning.

According to the Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah:

Government is taking all necessary action. It will be solved in 1-2 years.

Source: Link