Guwahati: Days after hundreds of dead fish were found in the Dighalipukhuri water tank, a quintal of them are still piled up in different corners of the tank. The dead fish have been decomposing since Sunday, leading to a distressing sight for the locals and the people passing through the area. The dead fish also threaten further contamination of the water tank, risking the live fish.
Kamalakanta Deka, an employee of The Assam Tourism Department Corporation was present at Dighalipukhuri Park on Tuesday when EastMojo arrived at the spot. Speaking “The responsibility to clean up the waterfalls under the FIshery Department. The Tourism Department takes care of the maintenance of the park,” Deka told EastMojo.
On being questioned about the contaminated water and the risks it poses, he said, “The other live fish in the water tank might also die. Four labourers assigned from the Fishery Department were here yesterday but none of them have arrived so far today. Yesterday, they dug to bury the dead fish.”
About 600 kg of 400 dead fish of different species were found dead at Dighalipukhuri in Guwahati on Sunday.
“Depletion of dissolved oxygen in the tank, high organic load led to the incident,” said Assam Fisheries Minister Parimal Suklabaidya. Later, pumps were used to shower water, boats were used to create wave motions in order to enhance oxygen content in the water.
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