Hundred kgs trout fish died, 277 quintals sold in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Dec 20 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered an inquiry into the death of hundreds of kgs of trout fish in Sindh river.

Meanwhile, over 277 quintals of trout fish were sold in south Kashmir district of Anantnag generating an income of Rs 41 lakh during the last eight months.

Official sources said that Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal, G N Bodha has ordered an inquiry into the death of hundreds of kgs of troust fish in Sindh river which has totally dried up.

Mr Bodha has appointed five member committee to submit report by Monday.

Local residents alleged that water in the river was allegedly diverted to power house, leaving the trout fish in the river waterless.

It is a murder, the agitated villagers said adding that stray dogs were seen eating the fishes.

They said people also caught fish in the river which has totally dried up.

Mr Bodha has directed the committee to fix responsibility for diverting the water to power house, leading to death of the fishes.

The trout seed fry of eight lakh were also produced in the district during the last eight months, an official spokesman said here today.

He said several schemes are underway to benefit 491 families of the district connected with the fisheries sector in the district.

The department of Fisheries is providing five low cost houses to the houseless fisherman and nylon twine to 275 fisherman of the district by the end of this fiscal, while as nylon twine was provided to 416 fisherman beneficiaries so far.

UNI

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