A meeting convened by MLAs B.D. Devassy and T.N. Prathapan at Chalakudy on Friday asked the District Collector to constitute an expert committee to study the cause of death of fish in Chalakudy river.

Local people saw dead fish turned up along the banks of the river from Thaikkodam to Annamanada, and at Cheruvalur and Pulikkakadavu on Wednesday.

The meeting said the collector should appoint members of the committee.

The committee should include scientists and police officers.

A meeting will be convened by the MLAs next week after the collector submits a report.

Kerala State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) officials on Thursday said the inflow of brackish water must have killed the fish.

They attributed it to a shutter of Kanakkankadavu in Ernakulam district having been opened.

Discharge of effluents

Activists of the Nitta Gelatin India Limited had alleged that disposal of untreated effluents from NGIL’s plant at Kathikkudam into the river had killed the fish.

The meeting said it should be ascertained whether the NGIL plant was implementing the directives it had been given on discharge of effluents.

Samples of water from areas where the dead fish turned up have been sent to KSPCB’s Central Laboratory at Gandhi Nagar in Kochi for tests. A report of the tests is awaited.

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