Bengaluru: Barely days after a similar sight were witnessed on Mumbai’s beaches, thousands of dead fish and snails were found floating on the banks of the Madiwala Lake here on Thursday morning. The ecological disaster came to light when residents of nearby areas who frequent the lakeside for morning walks reported seeing dead marine animals in the thousands on Thursday morning.
Residents of Madiwala who first noticed the bodies told Bangalore Mirror that the rising pollution of Karnataka’s water bodies seems to have led to this disaster. Marine life requires adequate oxygen and a flourishing habitat to survive which it is being deprived of by those polluting our rivers and lakes, said citizens.
A similar incident was reported from the Valankulam water tank in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore earlier this year where hundreds of dead fish were found floating on the tank’s surface one morning. Locals alleged that toxic discharge into the water tank from nearby textile dyeing units led to the deaths. However, the Coimbatore Corporation has failed to take any action against the textile units in the area.
Even Mumbai, India’s economic capital is reeling under the pressure of toxic discharge into water bodies. Just last month, scores of dead fish washed ashore Mumbai’s beaches in the aftermath of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival where idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) are immersed into the Arabian Sea.
Despite activists condemning civic bodies for their failure to act against those brazenly destroying our marine ecosystems, no legislative measures have been taken to avoid the decimation of water bodies as clearly visible in the case of Bengaluru’s own Bellandur and Varthur lakes.