Vrindavan, 2019-08-13 (VT): The water of Mansarovar lake situated near Radharani Temple in Mant has turned toxic, destroying the aquatic and other life forms found in the water body. The sudden tragedy has also affected birds such as the Indian Cormorant and pigeons that depend on the lake for food.
The temple priest apprised the local police, Forest Department and administration of the situation, but not even a preliminary inspection has been done so far. People working for the temple took out the dead animals and birds and buried them nearby.
On Thursday, Radharani Temple sevayat, Ramprakash Sharma (advocate) noticed some dead fish being washed ashore while it was still dark. As the day dawned he saw that a large number of fish, snakes, and frogs were lying dead in the lake.
After burying them, the temple management deputed some Kar Sevaks to stop people and animals from using the water ‘achaman’ or drinking purpose.
In the past, the administration had directed the release of freshwater to Mansarovar from Maant Branch Canal. BTVP vice-chairman Shailja Kant Misra had also shown interest in the project. According to Ramprakash Sharma, the toxicity is a result of inaction on this order which caused lack of freshwater and, added to that, there is a likelihood that some poisonous chemical has gotten mixed into with the water.
Dr. Arvind Kumar (regional officer, Pollution Control Board), said that samples of water will be tested soon to ascertain the cause of animal/bird deaths.