Hundreds of dead fish were washed up on shores of Ramganga river in Moradabad district in Uttar Pradesh, India due to excessive water pollution. The oxygen level in the river has reached subnormal level due to a large amount of industry waste and domestic sewage being discharged into it.
According to an affidavit filed by the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) in a 2015 case on pollution in the Ramganga, 23 drains in Moradabad release untreated waste directly into the river. It also said 120 Million Litres per Day (MLD) of sewage was being generated from Bareilly city, which is discharged directly or indirectly into the Ramganga without any treatment.
‘120 Million Litres per Day (MLD) of sewage was being generated from Bareilly city, which is discharged directly or indirectly into the Ramganga without any treatment.’
Troubled locals blamed the unregulated release of chemicals into the river for taking a toll on aquatic life. "These fish died suddenly. They are dying because of chemicals released by the nearby factories," said a resident. However, officials said the reason behind the river getting polluted is uncertain.
"A proper investigation will be done to determine the cause behind the river getting polluted. We will examine if the reason is chemical waste from factories or something else. The pollution department will handle it," said Additional District Collector Ram Prakash. Mass death of fish around the Ramganga is not new. Similar incidents have been reported in Moradabad several times over the years as well as in other cities, including state capital Lucknow. (ANI)