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Death of Powai lake fishes being probed

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has begun a probe as to why dead fishes are floating in Powai lake even after spending large sums on aerating the lake under the Centre's Rs six crore project of 'cleaning and greening' of the lake in north Mumbai.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2003 15:54 IST

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has begun a probe as to why dead fishes are floating in Powai lake even after spending large sums on aerating the lake under the Centre's Rs six crore project of 'cleaning and greening' of the lake in north Mumbai.

Based on the local residents' complaint that about 30 to 40 fishes float up dead on the lake every day, BMC, the implementing authority of the project, has asked three laboratories, including one from the nearby Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), to carry out relevant tests, BMC sources said here on Saturday.

The results from the labs on the quality of lake water and the reason for death of the fishes are expected next week, the sources added.

BMC, with the help of Centre, began cleaning the lake which had very low level of oxygen due to pollution. So far the civic body has spent Rs 4.5 crore and stopped 21 nullahs flowing into the lake from the nearby townships and colonies in Powai area and also removed all the encroachments.

A company was entrusted with the work of aerating the water, wherein about six aerators were installed, the sources said adding, the work started last year.

Local MP Kirit Somaiya, who took initiative in the project, said "we will wait for the results and if we find any mismanagement, corrective steps would be taken".

"The Centre has full faith in BMC's standing committee and the implementing authority and therefore, we will wait for the laboratory results", Somaiya said adding, if needed, additional funding will be arranged.

First Published: Jun 14, 2003 15:54 IST