Dal Lake: After the death of thousands of small fish in the world-famous Dal Lake of Srinagar, allegations and counter-allegations have started between the local people and the officials of the lake. Experts are saying that the fish died due to thermal stratification but the local people say that the unscientific and irregular cleaning done for the G-20 meeting is responsible for this.
An important meeting on tourism of G20 was held on Dal Lake between 22-24 May. For this the lake was also cleaned. People living near the lake say that thousands of fish have died within a few days.
stench spreading in the pond
Manzoor Ahmed, a local resident, said, “We found dead fish at various places in the lake, especially in areas where weeds and other vegetation had been cleared to beautify the lake to welcome guests.” It is said that due to the dead fish, the stench is spreading in the pond.
What do experts say?
However, officials of the Fisheries Department are attributing these deaths to erratic weather and changes in hydroponic properties. The department has said that the mass death of small fish is due to thermal stratification (change in temperature at different depths in the lake).
Firoz Ahmad Bhat, dean of fisheries faculty at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, has said that fishes may die due to low oxygen content in the lake. He said, due to pollution and growth of weeds, the concentration of oxygen in the lake decreases. This has also happened in Nigeen Lake in the past.
Fishermen accused of DVDing
At the same time, local fishermen are accusing the LCMA officials that the spools were destroyed due to deep digging and cleaning in areas where fish are usually produced. A fisherman said on the condition of anonymity, “We haven’t seen big fish dying, only small fish bodies are visible and it shows that dewatering machines have destroyed fish areas.”
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