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Probe ordered into Changu fish deaths

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 6, 2009

GANGTOK, 5 July: Taking a serious note of the recent deaths of trout fishes at the holy lake of Tsongmu (Changu) in East Sikkim, the government has directed the Border Roads Organization (BRO) and the state forest department to probe into the deaths.
Mr ND Chingapa, chief secretary, passed the directives on Friday, during his assessment trip of the Nathu La border trade for infrastructure development works undertaken by the state commerce and industries department and widening of JN Marg executed by the BRO. During a review meeting with the BRO officials at Mile 18 along the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, the state forest secretary Mr ST Lachungpa pointed out that fishes were dying at the Tsongmu Lake . He told the meeting that plenty of fishes were dying at the Tsongmu Lake, adding that reports have suggested vehicle fuel seepage into the lake as a major reason. Later, during the day, the chief secretary directed the forest department and BRO to jointly inquire into the incident and find out the cause for it.

Source: The Statesman

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