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Bengal govt sanctions Rs 6 crore for Karala river clean-up

The state government on Saturday sanctioned a fund of Rs 6 crore for the sterilization of water flowing through the Karala river in Jalpaiguri in North Bengal.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: January 1, 2012 3:15:41 am

The state government on Saturday sanctioned a fund of Rs 6 crore for the sterilization of water flowing through the Karala river in Jalpaiguri in North Bengal.

Gautam Deb,the North Bengal Development Minister on Saturday announced that the funds have been sanctioned by the state government and the work of disinfecting the river will start soon. Deb announced it after a meeting with district magistrate and the other administrative officials in Jalpaiguri on Saturday.

Deb said,“The Karala rive is very important to people of Jalpaiguri and corrective action has to be taken to disinfect the water of the river. It was a serious case of contamination. However,the government has sanctioned the required funds and the corrective measured will be taken soon to make the river suitable for use of the people.”

Significantly,in November,dead fishes were found floating in the Karala river. Thousands of fishes including all 43 species found in the Karala river,were killed after water got polluted with a poison or chemical. Owing to the high intensity of the toxin used,the quality of the river water had become dangerous. The administration imposed a ban on using the river water until condition improves. It has also banned sale of the fishes and has asked people to stay away from consuming those.

The Jalpaiguri Municipality formed several teams and made announcements asking people not to consume the fish. But by then,a section of people had already collected huge quantities of fish to sell them in the local market. Only a handful of people volunteered to return the catches to the civic body representatives. The civic body later raided the Dinbazar to seize one-and-a half quintal of those fishes.

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