Bengaluru: Mass fish death at Doddakallasandra lake

After the rains untreated sewage water from nearby drain flowed into lake.

BENGALURU: In a striking resemblance to the mass fish death episode at Ulsoor Lake last year, hundreds of fishes surfaced on Doddakallasandra Lake near Konanakunte on Monday afternoon. The foul smell from the decaying fishes has become a worry for nearby residents.

The residents of the region allege that untreated sewage and industrial effluents were the main reasons for this.

"A sand bank separates the lake from stormwater drain carrying untreated sewage water and industrial effluents. The heavy downpour on Monday has inundated the sand bank, which led to mixing of untreated sewage and industrial effluents with the lake water. This could be the possible reason for the mass death of fishes" said Raghu, a resident of Konanakunte Cross.

He lambasted officials who take money and turn a blind eye towards untreated industrial effluents entering the lakes.

The BDA has completely failed to maintain the lake and to curb the inflow of the sewerage into the lake. They have not even attended to clear the dead fish even after repeated complaints.

Due to the long weekend workers had gone on long holiday, said Vasanthapura BBMP corporator Shobha Gowda.

"As the stench was unbearable and people living around the lake started complaining, I had to send people from the BBMP to clear the dead fish. The lake is yet to be handed over to the BBMP for maintenance," she added.

BBMP Mayor G. Padmavathi too echoed the same opinion and blamed the BDA for its failure to take action.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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