The foaming lake of Bangalore

Rains have no doubt brought relief to Bengaluru. However there was a flip-side to it at the Varthur lake. The lake has begun foaming once again. Toxic foam was spilling over to the Whitefield Main Road and commuters had a tough time negotiating traffic on Saturday and Sunday. To make matters worse was the unbearable stench emanating from the lake. The residents say that that the situation is so bad that the froth had reached a mall and a hospital.

That environmental Kuznets curve again:

This is a man made lake, built by Ganga kings over thousands of years ago[2] for agriculture and domestic uses but now the lake is receiving 40% of the sewage water from Bangalore for over 50 years

16 comments on “The foaming lake of Bangalore

  1. Is it worth pointing out that sewage is 100% renewable, organic-ish and biodegradable?

  2. If they, you know,like–stopped dumping vast quantities of shite in the lake it might just stop stinking.

    Building a sewage treatment plant is beyond the useless corrupt bastards?

  3. Mr Ecks – “Building a sewage treatment plant is beyond the useless corrupt bastards?”

    Bangladesh is not up with early 19th century technology yet?

  4. I don’t know for sure, but I would assume that Bangalore is a rapidly expanding economy attracting an extra 2 million worker population living in informal, not-legally-owned slums. With 40% of the population living below the poverty line ($1.90 per day PPP) they can’t afford to take time off work needed to build sewage works, and they can’t afford to pay the taxes to get the government to do it for them.

    It is, as Tim said, all about the environmental Kuznets curve. You need polluting industrial cities for quite a long time, to make the wealth needed to assure survival first, until you can afford to pay for lower priorities like a clean environment. This is how you get there.

  5. Just remember that these folks eat curry prepared by their countrymen (and women) every meal, with the expected result.

    They don’t just crap on the railway, but also in their water supply.

  6. “Just remember that these folks eat curry prepared by their countrymen (and women) every meal, with the expected result.”

    Yeah. Just like the English all eat fried bacon and eggs for breakfast every morning, followed by roast beef and boiled-to-death root vegetables at every meal throughout the rest of the day, every day. Everyone knows that.

  7. It’s alarming how you’ve captured the essence of the Irish diet – even if you have misattributed it to the English. Especially Ulster…..

  8. I’m regularly informed westerners have a lot to learn from Indian culture.




    Yep. Baffles me too.

  9. The boss class over there won’t be below the poverty line or be restricted to “19th century” technology or pleasures. There will be money enough for whatever they want.

  10. “I’m regularly informed westerners have a lot to learn from Indian culture.”

    Who knows more about the positive economic reasons for sweat shops? Indians, or Guardian-reading Westerners?

  11. NiV,

    The point wasn’t the nature of the daily diet, but who prepared it. I’m prepared to believe that curry isn’t eaten every meal (plausible), or even every day (less plausible), but not that food hygiene standards don’t include a recycling of gut bacteria from anus, via hand, into food (very plausible). After all, the 60% that doesn’t go into the lake has to go somewhere …

    Besides, what’s wrong with the diet you suggested? Twas ever a cure for obesity it seems. Allied with a High Tea that included cold roast beef sandwiches, and the left-over vegetables into soup, almost nothing went into the weekly-collected dustbin (except coal ashes, of course). By Eck. Us lived like Kings in them days. We ‘ad things then yer don’ get today: German bombs, diptheria, miners’ strikes, Grammar Schools …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2AcJSkUw6M

  12. It’s alarming how you’ve captured the essence of the Irish diet – even if you have misattributed it to the English. Especially Ulster…..

    Really? I misspent over a week in that godforsaken land and never saw beef once. It took more than a decade before I could look at lamb on a plate without feeling put off.

  13. Ecks,

    Are you suggesting that the boss class has enough money to build sewage treatment plants for India’s billion poor people and just aren’t doing it?

  14. I’m regularly informed westerners have a lot to learn from Indian culture. – well you have learnt one thing – don’t shit in your water supply – as if it needed learning

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