Taking a cognizance of the unfortunate incident of death of thousands of fishes in Rewalsar lake of Mandi district, the State Government has constituted a committee to examine the issue of possible adverse effects on the natural aquifer and assess the chances of possible contamination of water.

The committee will be headed by Divisional Forest Officer, Mandi and Environment Engineer, HPSPCB, Bilaspur, Assistant Director, Fisheries, Mandi will be is members while Kamraja Kaisth, Principal Scientific Officer-I, State Council for Science, Technology and Environment as its Member Secretary.

Additional Chief Secretary Environment, Science and Technology Tarun Kapoor said the committee will assess the whole situation in detail pinpoint reasons for fish mortality and suggest remedial measures and will submit its report to the Government within seven days.

Earlier on Tuesday thousands of fishes were found dead in the religious important Lake. Sudden change in colour of the lake water was reported as it turned filthy recently.

Experts feel pollution and lack of adequate oxygen in lake water for the death of the fishes. Rewalsar town lacks sewerage facility and there are apprehensions that the seepage from sewerage tanks of local households into the lake was harming its ecology.

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