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Maravoor fish carnage: MCC claims innocence, blames industries

Maravoor fish carnage: MCC claims innocence, blames industries

DV   ¦    May 19, 2017 01:23:08 PM (IST)

Mangaluru: The Mangaluru City Corporation and the Pollution Control Board are now engaged in a cold-war after the latter levelled allegations against the former of being responsible for the fish carnage at Maravoor dam on outskirts of the city recently.

Maravoor fish carnage: MCC claims innocence, blames industries -1It may be recalled that score of fish were found dead at newly functional Maravoor dam couple of day ago. The carnage was first noticed by anglers who had ventured there to catch fish. The blackish water evinced that the fish had died due to water contamination and soon to respond was the Karnataka Pollution Control Board. Though the Board officials had initially rejected the theory that industries in the region had contaminated the river, it had late held the MCC responsible for the same.

However, responding to the same, Mayor Kavitha Sanil, on Friday, May 19 said that industries should be held responsible for the unfortunate incident that took place at Maravoor.

"It is not because of sewage from the wet well at Pachanady that the fish had died. This argument is being presented only to protect the industries. As an ex-officio member of the Pollution Control Board, I will raise this issue at the state-level meeting," Sanil said.

Phone-in programme on May 23

The Mayor said that with the intention of hearing out the grievances of the people, the MCC will hold a phone-in programme on May 23 between 10 am to 11am.

People can complain about civic issues and problems they are facing. Officials of various sections of the MCC will be present during the phone-in programme. People can contact 2220301 and 2220318.

Apart from this, the Mayor said that the MCC will form ten membered disaster management cell too and that she will also recommend the state disaster management committee to fix three cyclone detection towers in the district.