The water of the Kameng river in Arunachal Pradesh turned black on Saturday, officials said on Saturday as the water of the river suddenly turned black in Arunachal Pradesh’s East Kameng district, leaving thousands of fish dead. The fisheries officer of the district said that due to the increase in the amount of TDS, the total dissolved substances in the water turned black.
District Fisheries Development Officer Hali Tajo said that thousands of fish were found dead in the river in Seppa the previous day. It was reported that the fish died due to the increase in the amount of TDS in the water. This substance reduced the oxygen in the water for the aquatic species which led to their death.
Hali Tajo reported that the TDS in the river was 6,800 mg per litre, with the maximum TDS in the river being 300-1200 mg per litre. The excessive amount of TDS changed the color of the water, the residents there have accused China in this case. He said that the TDS level in the water has gone above the danger level due to the construction activities being carried out by China.
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Seppa East MLA Tapuk Taku has urged the Arunachal Pradesh government to constitute a committee of experts to probe the cause of the sudden darkening of the river and the death of the fish. Tapuk Taku described this matter as very worrying, he said that such incidents should not happen in Kameng river, if it is not stopped then in some time the water life in the river will be completely lost. It is very important to take steps now to stop this.
He further said that one of the reasons for changing the color of water could be landslides in the upper belt of the district, there could be other reasons behind this. To find out what was the main reason behind the blackening of the water and the fish being found dead, the state government should set up a committee at the earliest to investigate the whole matter.
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