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Dead fish: PSHRC takes notice-----More dead fish found

Source: The Tribune, New Delhi, Nov 19, 2009, Date: November , 2009

The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken cognizance of the incident of death of thousands of fish in the Sutlej waters at Nangal. The commission has sought report in this regard from the state government, through the Chairman, Punjab State Pollution Control Board (PPCB), Patiala, and the Principal Secretary, Irrigation Department, Punjab, Chandigarh, by December 31. Thousands of dead fish were found floating in the Sutlej waters yesterday morning. The death of the fish was reportedly due to high level of toxicity in the water. A team of the Punjab State Pollution Control Board, headed by SDO Ramji Dass, has collected samples of water from various points in the river and also from the effluent discharge points of industrial units in the area. Meanwhile, more dead fish were found floating in the Sutlej waters near Bela Dhyani village on Nov 18, 2009 . Stench was emanating from the dead fish. Many small dead fish were seen floating on the surface of water, while people continued to collect them for selling in the market. Assistant director of the Fishery Department Sukhjinder Singh visited the spot and collected samples. He said the samples would be sent for testing to a laboratory at Chandigarh..


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