scorecardresearch
Saturday, Dec 10, 2022

Mumbai: Dead fish found floating in Banganga Tank

In the 16-day ritual of Pitru Paksha, people pay homage to their ancestors, especially through food offerings that are immersed in the tank water. Residents said because of the resultant pollution from the offerings, the fish die.

Pitru Paksha, Walkeshwar temple, Banganga tank, Goud Saraswat Brahman Temple Trust, Mumbai, Mumbai news, Indian express, Indian express news, Mumbai latest newsAccording to local residents, dead fish are found in tanks every year after the last day of Pitru Paksha. (Representational/AP)

Thousands of dead fish were found floating in Banganga Tank at Mumbai’s Walkeshwar temple complex on Saturday morning.

According to local residents, dead fish are found in tanks every year after the last day of Pitru Paksha. In this 16-day ritual, people pay homage to their ancestors, especially through food offerings that are immersed in the tank water. Residents said because of the resultant pollution from the offerings, the fish die. Since the water in the tank is stagnant, the dissolved oxygen gets quickly depleted and subsequently, the fish die.

The Goud Saraswat Brahman Temple Trust, which owns and run Mumbai’s Banganga Tank, clears over one tonne of dead fish from the tank every year day after Sarva Pitru Amavasya (last of the Pitru Paksha). Over the years, the BMC has introduced several measures – getting in clean water, pumping out dirty water, deploying people to clean the tank and putting up hundis to dispose waste – to protect fish.

The BMC has also put up boards instructing people to not put pind (food offerings) directly in the water and instead dip it in the tank once and then put it in hundi/collection containers. However, the rule is hardly followed.BMC plans to set up skill centre to train homeless and make them self-reliant

Subscriber Only Stories
Behind Mumbai’s unusually foul air, changes in wind patternsPremium
Delhi Confidential: Delegation dilemma as Supriya Sule raises Maharashtra...Premium
The worry: AIIMS breach may hit its linked centresPremium
Digital India bill to replace IT Act, 2000: Govt plans classification of ...Premium

First published on: 10-10-2021 at 01:06:49 am
Next Story

Mumbai Crime Branch summons Param Bir Singh on October 12

Latest Comment
Post Comment
Read Comments
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
close