Thousands of dead fish washed ashore in the early hours of Monday at Ulsoor Lake in Karnataka's Bengaluru city, which has been struggling to clean up its badly polluted lakes. It raised concerns about water pollution in the city and added a new disastrous photo-op for a city often tagged as India's Silicon Valley.
Ulsoor lake, a tourism hotspot and a popular boating site, has for many years been choked with water hyacinth and the government has been making efforts to clear it.
If residents elsewhere in Bengaluru and the rest of the country were stunned, those who live nearest to the lake weren't. They saw sewage has been flowing unrestricted into the lake, forming such thick layers that it cut off the oxygen for the fish.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in Delhi that he had held two meetings today to discuss the Bengaluru shocker, adding, "officials have given me details on what they are doing to improve the situation.” The minister said, "The lakes’ system in Bengaluru has been destroyed for the past few decades, colonies discharge their effluent in the lakes and that is why they are in such condition.”
Although the primary reason for the unusual and tragic phenomenon is being speculated to be pollution, further research will reveal the exact reason.