Revenue officials of Krishna district have been asked to make sure that no aquaculture tanks were dug up in Kolleru lake area. District Collector Buddha Prakash M. Jyothi presided over the District Level Committee (DLC) for regularising the existing fresh water aquaculture ponds and for registering new ponds under the guidelines of G.O. Ms. No 7 at his camp office here on Thursday.

Addressing members of the committee and other revenue officials, the Collector said that steps should be taken to ensure that no fish tanks were excavated in the lake. He said that it was the responsibility of all officials to protect Kolleru lake which was a national treasure.

The DLC approved aquaculture as per the G.O. and sanctioned aquaculture in 180 acres in the Krishna district.

Approval for aquaculture was given only after the RDO concerned submitted a ‘no objection certificate’ after physically inspecting and identifying the land for which permission was sought.

The Collector said that the aquaculture tanks should be included in the village map. He said that aquaculture tanks should not be allowed if they were a source of pollution to the drinking water sources and damaging crop in adjoining fields.

Responding to an appeal for the closing of an aqua tank in Koduru panchayat, the Collector ordered the RDO concerned to submit to the committee a detailed report. Joint Collector P. Usha Kumari, Fisheries Deputy Director Kalyanam, committee members Goriparti Narasimha Raju Yadav, K. Satyanarayana, Agriculture Joint Director Balu Nayak and others participated.