Hun­dreds of dead fish found float­ing in Nerul pond

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NERUL: Hun­dreds of dead fish sur­faced in a pond in Nerul on Fri­day. Lo­cals said that the deaths were due to some chem­i­cal be­ing dumped in the wa­ter body.

The Naya Khadi pond lo­cated along the Palm Beach Road was full of dead fish float­ing as the lo­cals watched in dis­be­lief around 5.30pm.

Vikas Bha­gat, a lo­cal fish­er­man, said: “I saw over 1,500 fishes turn­ing up dead in the pond. Prima fa­cie it seems they died owing to chem­i­cal pol­lu­tion in the pond.”

Bha­gat said: “There have been sev­eral in­stances of in­dus­tries dump­ing their un­treated waste in the pond over the years. We have re­peat­edly com­plained to the au­thor­i­ties but there has not been much ac­tion.”

He added that no Ma­ha­rash­tra Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (MPCB) of­fi­cial has vis­ited the site al­though they have been in­formed.

Res­i­dents are wor­ried af­ter the in­ci­dent. Sukhvin­der Kaur, a res­i­dent, said: “While some dead fish were eaten by birds, some were taken by the lo­cal fish­er­men for sale. By Satur­day evening, the float­ing dead fish were gone. This would mean that those who buy the fish will con­sume con­tam­i­nated food.”

She added that had the au­thor­i­ties taken im­me­di­ate ac­tion, it could have been pre­vented. “The beau­ti­ful pond is dy­ing due to such ac­tion,” Kaur said.

MPCB of­fi­cials could not be con­tacted for their com­ment.

That the city’s wa­ter bod­ies are be­com­ing pol­luted is ev­i­dent from such in­ci­dents which are be­com­ing com­mon. Last year, dead fish were found float­ing on Mini Seashore creek. Dump­ing of garbage and chem­i­cals has made the wa­ter bod­ies pol­luted, threat­en­ing marine life.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Around 1,500 dead fish sur­faced on Naya Khadi pond at Nerul on Fri­day, high­light­ing ris­ing pol­lu­tion in wa­ter bod­ies.

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