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Dead fish found floating in lake

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Officials suspect water contamination due to fuel leakage from boats on Lakaram

Heaps of dead fish surfaced on the Lakaram lake on Monday, much to the shock of health enthusiasts, who had descended on the picturesque tank bund abutting the water body for a morning walk.

As foul smell emanated from the pile of dead fish, the passersby alerted the Fisheries Department who rushed to the spot and collected the samples of water and dead fish for analysis.

Oil traces found

The analysis of water and the dead fish samples reportedly showed traces of oil droplets and oil slime in the digestive tract of the dead fish, sources said.

Sources in the Fisheries Department suspected it to be a case of either water contamination due to possible leakage of fuel from the boats being operated in the lake or a bacterial infection.

The members of the local Fishermen Cooperative Society removed the dead fish from the water body.

The incident comes close on the heels of release of thousands of fish fingerlings into the lake by the Fisheries Department a few days ago.

The lake, dating back to the Kakatiya era, was rejuvenated under the State government’s tank restoration project titled Mission Kakatiya in 2018 and subsequently, boat services were introduced in the water body as part of a grand plan to make it a recreational spot.

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