Hundreds of fish die in Basantar river

Fisheries Deptt starts investigation

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, Sept 15: Hundreds of fish have been found dead in the Basantar river of Samba, after which there was an atmosphere of panic among the local people and the concerned Department.
Hundreds of fish died of unknown causes in a radius of about half a kilometer under the bridge of the Ravi Tawi canal and the railway at the lower end of the Basantar river. As soon as the information was received, the team of the Fisheries Department rushed to the spot and took out the dead fish from the river and collected water samples for investigation.
Farkhanda Malik, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Samba, said that the toxic water of some chemical factories is found in the river at the end of the Basantar river where the fish have been found dead. In the initial investigation it seems that the fish are due to the toxic water of the factories. He said that the water samples have been sent to the lab for testing and the higher officials of the Department and the district administration have been given written information about the matter. He said that only after the sample report comes, the situation will be clear and further action will be taken.
In the first phase of Samba’s industrial area, there are more pesticides and chemical factories and ETP plants are installed in all, even after that, the factories continuously emit contaminated and poisonous water, due to which the fish died. Poisonous water is the cause of their death. Earlier in the year 2012, 8 buffaloes had died after drinking poisonous water from the Basantar river. But even after that no proper action has been taken by the Pollution Department.