Laboratory tests at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) have shown that the death of thousands of fish at the ‘Kali Bein’ rivulet over the past two days at Sultanpur Lodhi near Jalandhar was caused by polluted water. The water lacked oxygen and had a considerable quantity of effluents, the test report adds. The samples of dead fish reached the laboratory on Tuesday morning.
“Every fish tested was found to be healthy and there was no sign of any disease. The water was found to be polluted with chemicals in which death of any aquatic animal was to be expected. On Wednesday, our team of experts will join the fisheries department officials at the spot where these deaths have been reported,” said Meera Ansal, one of the scientists who conducted the tests.
She claimed that this was the first incident of dead fish being found in Kali Bein since the rivulet was cleaned by environmentalist Sant Balbir Seechewal and followers in July 2000.
“Our preliminary inspection did show signs of polluted water, but we decided to conduct lab tests for confirmation. Now, we have started pumping oxygen into the water so that the remaining fish do not die. The authorities need to release fresh water in the rivulet on a regular basis,” said Raj Kumar, assistant director, state department of fisheries.
Ansal added that the state’s production of fish from natural water bodies was declining every year due to water pollution. “The issue needs to be addressed,” she said.
State director of fisheries BK Sood claimed that regular re-circulation of fresh water in water bodies where fish bred was critical for the animal’s well-being.