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Protest candlelight march by residents slated for today, May 17

Protest candlelight march by residents slated for today, May 17

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, May 17, 2017: The reported  death of a large number of fish in Gurupur river, possibly due to serious pollution, has prompted residents of Malavoor to plan for a candlelight march  on Malavoor bridge at 6.30pm today May 17, Wednesday.

Gurupur river

As seen in reports in the last few days, a large number of fish have died in the river near the vented dam at Malavoor, which was inaugurated recently. On may 16, Tuesday, it was  found many fish had died.  Meanwhile, officials of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board visited the area and collected water samples for laboratory analysis.

The villagers have planned a silent candle march seeking a permanent solution to the problem, said the owner of Kapila Park in Malavoor, where three cows died recently after drinking contaminated water from a stream that joins Gurupur river.

"We have invited the villagers to join hands to mark a non-political protest against the high pollution of Phalguni (Gurupur) river caused by the dumping of untreated sewage and industrial waste into it.

KSPCB environment officer Rajshekhar Puranik and a team of officials had visited the spot and conducted an inspection of the area.

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