March 8th, 2016
Source: The News Minute | TIMES NOW | Image Courtesy: trbimg ndtvimg
The picturesque landscape of Ulsoor Lake, Bangalore, ceased to be the same on the morning of 7th March 2016, when thousands of dead fish washed up on shore. This gruesome sight was seen for the first time ; according to former chairman of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board , Mr Vaman Acharya , this happens every year in the month of March.
Cause of such incident
On being asked the reason for this , Mr Acharya stated to The News Minute , that it is due to an alarming decrease in the oxygen levels in the lake. This fall in oxygen levels is due to anthropogenic causes – untreated sewage waste when allowed to flow into the lake waters , renders it unable for the fish to survive in the waters, thereby leading them to this fate.
Responsibility and the solution
Mr Acharya further elaborates, that the sole responsibility for the prevention of such a situation from arising , lies within the mandate of the Bangalore Water supply and Sewage Board ( BWSSB) . Certain steps must be necessarily taken by the board to alleviate the damage generally done by the sewage,as pointed by Mr Acharya; the most important one being increasing the dissolved oxygen levels in the waters, which would be severely compensated in such a scenario. Additionally ,he added, bacteria and fungi which improve the oxygen levels must also be made instrumental to the process.
Ulsoor Lake, over 100 acres in area, has also been previously known for huge amount of garbage polluting the very land. The lake, being the sink of all the sewage from areas lying in the MG road- Indiranagar stretch, received the accumulated untreated sewage of all these areas, and consequently became the graveyard for the fish.
Are we Humans Most Dangerous living beings?
With this disturbing event, man has yet again been proven to be the most pernicious of all living beings. The sins of man loom large on the entire world at large ; making the number of calamities occurring due to anthropogenic causes much more than those due to natural causes. The need of the hour is for us humans to find a way to balance the disruption we cause to the other living beings, lest the damage done by us will soon be out of our hands.