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Updated: June 14, 2012 17:41 IST

Effluents from dyeing units kill fishes ?

K. Manikandan
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Worrying sight: Dead fish on the banks of a lake in Poosivakkam, Kancheepuram district. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
The Hindu Worrying sight: Dead fish on the banks of a lake in Poosivakkam, Kancheepuram district. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Several thousand fishes died in a sprawling lake in Poosivakkam village near Wallajahbad in Kancheepuram district. While residents noticed a few dead fishes floating on the surface of the water earlier this week, many more were found along the banks since Thursday evening.

According to sources in Wallajahbad Panchayat Union, the death was due to contamination of the lake by effluents from several dyeing units in villages around the lake.

According to officials of the Kancheepuram district administration, there are two waterbodies in Poosivakkam – ‘chitheri' – spread over nearly 100 acres and the ‘periya eri' – spread over 150 acres. 

Earlier this week, residents noticed dead fishes. But, on Thursday evening the site of dead fishes spread over almost the entire lake alarmed them. Residents made makeshift boats and using huge wooden slabs, pushed the fishes to the bank. The foul smell emanating from the dead fishes was simply too much to bear for residents of Poosivakkam and Pudupettai villages around the lake.

The dyeing units around Ayyampettai, which allegedly released the effluents, are crucial to the handloom sector in Kancheepuram, famous for silk saris. 

Officials are considering steps to bury the fishes in such a way as to not pose a health hazard to residents of the surrounding villages. Kendai, viraal and kulithi varities of fishes had died.

The village panchayat and residents, during meetings of the gram sabha , had adopted resolutions urging the Kancheepuram district administration to ensure that effluents from the dyeing units did not pollute the lake.

However, no concrete steps have been taken so far, said residents.

Keywords: dyeing units

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Dear government agencies please stop your careless business and leave the nature for the next generation, preserving nature is the Government policy, then how come this happens, are you alert now or sleeping? Take action to construct the Effluent treatment plant for the weavers or ask them to stop leaving the wastes to the water bodies.

from:  Luqmaan Raja
Posted on: May 27, 2012 at 12:13 IST

This might not be the only place that such incidents happen. I think the
govt should take such incidents seriously and have regular checking of
factories and their surroundings to see that the effluents are being
treated - for preserving India's most valuable asset. The village
panchayat should make decisions and act quickly before irreversible
damage is done. i hope such incidents don't occur again for the welfare
of all creatures.

from:  Nikita
Posted on: May 27, 2012 at 07:42 IST

When we value materials over morals and ethics, we kill all lives on
earth.Finally, men will find themselves all alone, only to kill each
other to end the world.

from:  Raman
Posted on: May 27, 2012 at 06:01 IST
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