70% of water bodies in Delhi unfit for aquatic life: DPCC
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 13:45
New Delhi: Most of the water bodies in the national capital seem to be gasping for life if one goes by an official data, which claims that around 70 per cent of the 96 ponds surveyed are unfit for aquatic life.

A recent study undertaken in these ponds by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) across the city showed that 42 ponds were dried up. Another 24 were choked with sewage, making them unfit for survival of aquatic life such as fish and other species.

Only 30 water bodies were found to be ecologically healthy, according to the survey.

"A list of total 184 water bodies was provided by Irrigation and Flood Control Department to us to ascertain the water quality and oxygen level which is vital for the aquatic species," a senior DPCC official said.

He said the survey of other water bodies was in the process.

As per the sample survey of 96 ponds, inflow of sewage along with heaps of garbage had made life unfit for aquatic species in the water bodies located at Burari, Tikri Khurd, Midangarhi, Aya Nagar, Rajkori, Rangpuri, Bajitpur, Dariyapur, Dichaon Kalan, Chhawla, Khera Kalan, Bijwasan, Babarpur, Pooth Khurd and some others.

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First Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 13:45

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