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Environmental Crisis Strikes Dal Lake in Srinagar

Thousands of Fish Found Dead

Shah Tawqeer Ul Islam

Srinagar: The serene and picturesque Dal Lake, renowned for its stunning beauty and vibrant aquatic life, has fallen victim to an alarming environmental crisis. Thousands of lifeless fish have been discovered floating on the surface of the iconic lake, raising concerns among local authorities and environmentalists alike.
Dal Lake, located in the heart of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, is a popular tourist destination and a cherished jewel of the region. The lake, known for its crystal-clear waters and picturesque houseboats, is home to a diverse range of aquatic species, making it a vital ecological habitat.
The distressing discovery of the dead fish was made by locals. Distraught residents witnessed the sight of thousands of fish, including the rare species across the lake’s surface. The stench of decaying marine life pervaded the air, adding to the sense of gloom that had enveloped the area.
Taking to Inside Kashmir, a local said, “we witnessed the dead fish from different parts of Dal Lake from past of few days, the dead fishes which you are watching here in bank of lake is just a small amount as campier to dead fishes in different parts of lake”
“we are failing to understand why this is happening” he added.
When connected to Dean, Faculty of fisheries at SKUAST-K, Feroz Ahmad Bhat, said “the fish could have died due to low concentration of oxygen in the lake, increase pollution and increase of weeds decreases concentration of oxygen in a lake,”
“That it has also happened in Nigeen Lake in the past as well” He farther adding