Coimbatore: Hundreds found Dead in the Valankulam water tank

On Tuesday, locals spotted hundreds of lifeless fish floating in the Valankulam water tank in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore. Alleging that discharge from nearby textile dyeing units caused the deaths, residents have demanded a probe into the matter

On Tuesday, locals spotted hundreds of lifeless fish floating in the Valankulam water tank in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore. Alleging that discharge from nearby textile dyeing units caused the deaths, residents have demanded a probe into the matter.

Locals residing near the Valankulam water tank here on Tuesday woke up to the sight of hundreds of dead fish floating on the surface of the tank. Residents allege that toxic discharge into by textile dyeing units in the area may have led to the deaths of the fishes.

A similar incident was reported from Damoh in Madhya Pradesh where thousands of dead fish were found floating on the surface of a large pond in Mukesh colony in June.In fact, they went further to say that the water in the Valankulm tank is now unfit for any use including for agricultural purposes.

Angry locals have demanded an inquiry into the matter. In a statement issued earlier this month, the Coimbatore Corporation announced that it is not willing to hand over control of water distribution to private parties.

Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani made the announcement while at a function to inaugurate projects worth Rs 113.52 crore as part of the Smart Cities Mission. Under the scheme, construction work is also expected to start at the Valankulam tank.

In the first week of this month, the civic body said that it plans to rejuvenate lakes including the Periyakulam, Selva Chintamani and Valankulam tanks at a cost of Rs 87.88 crores.

A report said that the Coimbatore Corporation has submitted a proposal for the complete restoration of the lakes with the cost of the proposal being estimated at Rs 357 crore.

While an official of the civic body had said, “Under the project, we will be setting up several micro Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs).

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