Fish death at Kukkarahalli Lake: EC permits fishing
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Fish death at Kukkarahalli Lake: EC permits fishing

Mysuru, Apr.28- Even as the fishes are dying at Kukkarahalli Lake due to overpopulation, the news of the Electoral Officer allowing fishing in the lake comes as a breath of fresh air.

Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer had in a letter to the Election Commission sought permission for Kukkarahalli Lake fish contract through a e-procurement portal for the tender process.

In a communication from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, it has been advised to continue the existing contractor if there is a provision as the Model Code of Conduct is in place. If there is no provision in the existing contract then the authorities must get the approval from the screening committee headed by the Chief Secretary without violating the Model Code of Conduct.

At present, the Karnataka State Co-operative Fisheries Federation (KCFF) has the right for fishing but due to lack of cooperation between the University of Mysore and the Federation, fishing has been stopped in the lake for the last few months. As a result, the population and size of the fish started increasing. The University authorities claimed that since the Model Code of Conduct was in place, they could not call for fresh tenders.

According to Prof. K.M. Jayaramaiah, Non-official Member, Karnataka Tank Conservation and Development Authority, waste water from cow sheds and houses of Paduvarahalli flowing through open drains collect at shallow places at the junction of Hunsur Road and north bund of the lake. This polluted water is entering the Lake through drains located at north bund. This is killing fish by reducing the oxygen level in the lake water.

“The Kukkarahalli Lake was built in 1881. One of the main steps that needs to be taken is the desilting of the lake which was stalled by environmentalists. If the lake is desilted, which has now accumulated up to five to six feet, then the fish can move up to the north bund,” he said, speaking to Star of Mysore this morning.

April 28, 2018

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “Fish death at Kukkarahalli Lake: EC permits fishing”

  1. Puttaveeraraj Urs H V says:

    We have witnessed the return of migratory birds due to availability of water & fish; due to cessation of fishing activities. In the year 2016-17, due to continuous fishing throughout the year, there were no migratory birds. Vested interests are once again putting pressure for fishing in the lake. Any relaxation would lead to further deterioration in the present status. Fencing of the lake at the Paduvarahalli side to prevent cattle entering the Lake area & prevention of polluted water entering the lake from Paduvarahalli side is the need of the hour & not overcrowding of Fish in the lake. Better sense prevails on the authorities to see the reality.

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