Morning walkers at Kudiya Ghat were in for a shock on Friday morning, as they found hundreds of dead fish floating on the banks of river Gomti. As the day progressed, similar news poured in from other parts of the city too, where dead fish were found in bulk.
Experts have said that prima facie it appeared that the ongoing damming work at Kudiya Ghat might be responsible for the mass death, as the machines and equipment could have brought down the level of Dissolved Oxygen (DO) in the river water.
An official of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) said, “Owing to the damming of the river, the water got stagnated and led to a fall in the level of dissolved oxygen in the water. The fall in DO level could be associated with the loss of aquatic animals. It’s a short term effect. The level is expected to be restored after the completion of the ongoing cleaning project at Kudiya Ghat.”
However, as the day progressed, fishermen who were out to make their catch at Gulalaghat, a kilometre away from Kudiya Ghat, also reported similar deaths of fish. The situation was no different near Hanuman Setu, where too morning walkers spotted dead fishes in the water. “We were really shocked to see so many dead fish floating on the river’s surface,” said Kushal Sharma, a morning walker who was among the first ones to spot the fish at Kudiya Ghat.
When contacted, district magistrate Raj Shekhar said he was keeping a watch on the cleaning project, “We will send a team of experts at places where dead fish were found to investigate the deaths,” he said.