Jamshedpur : BJP leader Saryu Roy, who is also the patron of Yugantar Bharti- a NGO set up for the cause of environmental issues, along with K K Sharma who is also HoD of zoology in Jamshedpur Cooperative College visited Jubilee Lake today.
Hundreds of fish had died in the lake. The deaths were caused due to decreasing dissolved oxygen level caused by dense vegetation of algae, toxic pollutants and sudden change of water due to evening showers. Meanwhile, JUSCO, has assured that steps are being taken to clean Jubilee Lake.
The state High Court division bench of Chief Justice R. Banumathi and Justice S. Chandrashekhar yesterday took suo motu PIL over death of fish death at the lake on May 5 and issued notices to the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board, Jusco and East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal to file affidavits on the matter and sought reason behind fish deaths. The case is scheduled to be heard on May 15.
East Singhbhum district fishery officer, Arun Kumar, said that dense growth of weeds and water plants is a threat to aquatic life. �Though aquatic plants growing in a restricted amount in ponds and lakes are beneficial for fish and wildlife but dense growth can cause night time oxygen depletion and fish kills.,� the officer said.
The former Jamshedpur West MLA Saryu Roy said that the condition of the lake is a matter of concern. I inspected the lake for ascertain exact reason for death of the fishes but what came out during the inspection proves that the existence of the lake is virtually under threat�. He said that immediate steps should be taken to control menace.
He informed that the sampling of the water from the lake would be carried out tomorrow and sent to Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) accredited laboratory of Yugantar Bharti at Sidroul (near Namkum) in Ranchi for analysis.
JUSCO officials admitted that fish death had happened due to toxic and polluted water entering into the water body from the inlets. They assured that steps are being taken to clean the lake.