Water pollution has taken a heavy toll on
aquatic species mainly fish near Managala river mouth close to the sea coast
near Puri Temple Township.
Motionless bodies of tons fish were
spotted drifting along the river mouth triggering panic among both the inland
and sea-going fishermen communities.
Bloated bodies of fish and aquatic
animals continue to drift along the polluted water bodies and creeks. Stench
smell emanating from the dead species fills the air.
Sometime back similar scenario of en-masse
death of fish species had been reported. The matter had been brought to the
notice of authorities concerned. But it was of no avail. The spectre of death
has recurred again. It is going to spell disaster for those living on fishing
activities, said fishermen community members.
From time to time, this phenomenon
of en masse dying of fish is being reported. Toxic effluents have become the
messenger of death for fish and aquatic animals in the water channels and
creeks near Puri, they rued.
Water samples are being
collected and it will be sent for laboratory test to ascertain the exact cause
of fish death. It's too early to conclude that it is pollution-induced death,
said an official of State Pollution Control Board