The discharge of industrial waste and growth of algae in the reservoir of Jayakwadi Dam in Maharashtra's Aurangabad city has led to the death of thousands of fish and has adversely affected the biodiversity of the region.
The polluted water has added to the problems of the locals, as it led to the unavailability of pure drinking water.
Iknath Jire, a fisherman, said that the situation is so grave that these fish deaths have directly affected their livelihood.
"The water body has almost dried. The situation is so grave that the fishermen are almost on the verge of starvation. The fish are dying, if you see several ponds and lakes, you will find areas with dead fish," he said.
Jayakwadi Dam officials and Municipal Corporation of Aurangabad directed their engineers and scientists to collect water samples and take immediate remedial action. In order to purify the water, the officials have used high quantity of Poly aluminum chloride powder.
Santosh, a fisherman, said that it was becoming increasingly difficult for him to feed his family.
"I have a large family to feed and we are incurring losses at this point. How will I survive like this for the next eight months? There is no water," he said.
The water of the dam is used for irrigation and drinking. Jayakwadi dam is a planetary house for hundreds of different species of birds that come from various parts of the world. (ANI)