BMC’s negligence killing fish in Sion lake

Residents witnessed 25 dead fish on Sunday and 15 on Monday

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Sion lake is a home to various families of fish but due to the lack of oxygen, these fish are dying since few days.

Residents complained that they witnessed 25 dead fish on Sunday and 15 on Monday. During Ganpati festival and Navratri festival, idols are immersed in this lake whose remains are lying at the bottom killing fish, according to residents.

BMC's funds eating dust 

When Mumbai Live contacted local corporator Rajeshree Shirwadkar, she informed that the BMC received INR 3 crore to beautify and clean up the lake but the civic body officials did nothing. Also, this financial year, BMC received funds worth INR 1 crore for the same.

I have been following up with the BMC to beautify and clean up the lake but the civic body is only inviting tenders and not going beyond that. Three times tenders were invited but no contractor was hired. I had also suggested that the civic body should save dying fish but received no response from the BMC. Now, with the help of residents, we are trying to give oxygen and save fish,” Rajeshree Shirwadkar, Corporator.


Garden department’s Executive Engineer Jadhav said that tenders are being invited and soon they will do something for the dying fish.

According to environmentalists, during winters, fish go deep inside the water to stay away from the cold. However, fish living in Sion lake are not able to swim deep due to the remains of the idols which have been lying in the lake for last 10 years and limiting oxygen. 

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