Samples of water from the Bhadra canal near Kabalikatte village in Bhadravathi taluk, which is suspected to be polluted owing to a chemical spill, has been sent for laboratory tests.
A team of officers comprising Tahsildar of Bhadravathi Abhijin and Assistant Executive Engineer of the Department of Water Resource Hussein visited the spot on Tuesday. The team spoke to the local people and collected samples of water. Giant foams were seen in the Bhadra canal along Baballi, Kanakatte, and Seegebagi villages on Monday.
The taluk administration of Bhadravathi had instructed the people of Kabalikatte and surrounding villages not to use water from the canal for household and irrigation purposes for two days. Farmers in the region blamed chemical spill from an alum producing unit for foam formation in the canal. Excess use of fertilizers and pesticides in the region for cultivation of paddy and areca was also suspected to be the reason.
Tahsildar Abhijin told The Hindu over telephone on Tuesday that the reason for foam formation in the canal water was yet to be ascertained.
The laboratory tests would reveal it. The results were expected in three days. Based on the results, action would be initiated. Officials concerned had been asked to complete the tests at the earliest. The officials visited the alum producing unit and conducted an inspection, he said.