Sorrows of Bengaluru’s largest lakes: A photo essay

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Nearly every citizen of Bangalore has heard of the current state of two of Bangalore’s biggest lakes – the Varthur and Bellandur lakes. The main reasons for the pollution of these lakes are the untreated sewage and industrial effluents that are constantly flowing into the lake. 

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Map source: All you need to know about Bellandur lake and its problems.

Though we all know that these lakes are in bad shape, many of us may not be aware of the extent of  pollution. Check these shocking pictures.

VARTHUR LAKE

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The froth that we usually see at the top surface of the lake is a combination of detergents, urine and faecal matter.

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Man Fishing at Varthur Lake

BELLANDUR LAKE

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Nikhil R Reddy is a young writer interning with Citizen Matters.