Mangaluru: Alarming pollution - Malavoor dam water turns black, fish dead, locals worried

Abhijith N Kolpe
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, May 16: In a shocking instance of pollution, the water in the newly-inaugurated Malavoor dam here has turned black and poisonous with several fish dying, due to suspected discharge of effluents from the nearby industrial area.

The pool of dead fish was first spotted by anglers who came to fish at the Gurpur river. Speaking to daijiworld, Roshan Madtha said, "From the past three days the Malavoor dam water has turned black and we have found a large number of fish dead in the shallow parts. There was a foul smell in the surroundings. This was brought to the notice of the officials of the Pollution Control Board who have visited the spot."

As shown in the pictures, the difference between the polluted and the clear water on either sides of the dam is discernible.

Locals suspect that some industries in Baikampady have released untreated water into the river. The locals say this was not the first instance and has happened several times in the past too.

Speaking to daijiworld, another resident in the area, Prakash Shetty whose cattle allegedly died after consuming the river water, said, "Over the last two months polluted water was being released especially from MRPL and other industries in Baikampady. Waste water was also released through open drainage. Waste water from MRPL comes through Kenjar-Pejawar line and joins the river.

"Even the health department has taken water samples and said that this water is not suitable for drinking. When my cattle died, blood samples were taken to the lab, but there is no proper system to ascertain whether the waste water released by MRPL caused their death. So the samples have been sent to Mysuru lab and we are yet to recieve the report. During the last two days myriad fish, crabs and other creatures have been found dead," he said.

"We talk about Smart City and development works, but in such important issues, no proper measures are taken. I feel the district in-charge minister Ramanath Rai is not aware about this or else he would have taken stringent action. Tomorrow we will conduct candlelight march at 6:30 pm at Malavoor bridge to create awareness about the issue. We have bought this notice to the notice of MLC Ivan D'Souza."

District in-charge minister Ramanath Rai had inaugurated the Malavoor dam a month ago. The project was completed at an estimated cost of Rs 42.5 crore to ensure drinking water to a population of 56,000 in 14 villages.

The villages to be benefitted are Bajpe, Jokatte, Malavoor, Kenjar, Permude, Kutthethur, Moodushedde, Padushedde, Thenka Ekkar, Badaga Ekkar, Bala, Kalavar, Surinje and Delanthabettu.



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  • Vasanth Karkera, Mukka

    Wed, May 17 2017

    The Karnataka Pollution Control Board is only for names sake. It is a highly corrupt board. No doubt these things happen.

    In the night auto tempo's throw hotel waste in the Nethravathi river at Bolar ferry road. Who checks this ?

    At Mukka 2 big fish meal plants are operating on the sashihitlu beach road. All the effluents are discharged directly into the sea. Many a times the sea water stinks of fish oil. But no authority is bothered to check incl. the DC.

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Wed, May 17 2017

    Poison pepsi bottle everywhre in clean water , why pepsi company not responsible for envoiment damage?

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, May 17 2017

    Af, why not blame the reckless consumer man creating garbage than Pepsi, they even print on the can to dispose it proper way! Lack of fear on fines and punishment is name of the game! Same person uses toilet for relief and rarely roads! Look at Thailand, Vietnam etc... not richer than India, citizens fear garbage disposal at will due to fine and punishment.
    Garbage issue is a problem worldwide but some countries like India a major problem due to attitude!

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  • dam, Mangalore

    Wed, May 17 2017

    This matter should be investigated by national level agencies... Responsible person/ Industry/ factory should be punished.....

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    Wed, May 17 2017

    This Planet will be destroyed by none other than the people who live here.

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  • Rathnakar, Mangalore

    Wed, May 17 2017

    First cancel license to nearby factories, then call jaycees,lions, rotary for cleaning garbage, plastic bottles,In mangalore many clubs are very active they can do social work and clean the river

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, May 17 2017

    That's the case with most rivers in India! Karnataka and DK is no acceptation. Every river in Udupi and Mangalore is used for dumping garbage, plastic bottles, food remains and sewerage vents! People need to get educated....I'm not talking about qualification! Strict punishment and hefty fines will reduce this to some extent...we can surely observe decline of such attitude! Careless attitude on garbage disposal is hindering development and health of our region!

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  • Dephnie Dsouza, Mangalore DUbai

    Wed, May 17 2017

    Atleast now government needs to take some action

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Wed, May 17 2017

    They looted Nethravathi, they are poluting Gururpuara Still we are kannadiga... Buddi eddu illada Jeevi...

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  • Sampath, Mlore/ Blore

    Wed, May 17 2017

    Day by day the water Level is decreasing at an alarming rate and here !. When will one realize that he is not able to live only by having money.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Frazer Town,Bangaluru

    Wed, May 17 2017

    Industrial waste water flow to the dam may be cause for this grave casualty

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  • Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai

    Wed, May 17 2017

    Sometimes it is due to the vegetable matter that is decaying. Especially in case of new dams there may be many shrubs and trees that will rot and contribute to this. After one season that vegetable matter won't be there and water will be of better quality. However, this has to be confirmed by testing.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru/UAE

    Tue, May 16 2017

    Gurupur river one of most polluted river in coastal Karnataka. Many industries in Baikampady area are releasing polluted water into Gurupur river. According to reliable source, one of the large edible oil refiner in the area is releasing untreated effluents(highly acidic) to Gurupur river through underground pipeline. Karnataka State Pollution Control Board(KSPCB) is blind about it. The above pollution seems to be in the upstream area.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, May 16 2017

    First time ...

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  • M D Shetty, Mangalore

    Wed, May 17 2017

    First time... Non BJP comment. Desh badalraha hai.
    Need clean city first. Then we il talk about smart city

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