Kolleru lake

A looming tragedy

Print edition : November 27, 2015

Fish tank waste let out into the protected lake area near Paidichendupadu, a bed village. Photo: Kunal Shankar

West Tammileru is a branch of one of the main Godavari distributaries. It carries untreated sewage into Kolleru. Photo: Kunal Shankar

Large commercial fish tanks are a common sight in Kolleru. Here, a tank in Gudivakkalanka showing the fans that are used to infuse oxygen into the water. Photo: Kunal Shankar

Spot-billed pelicans nesting on the man-made perches that were built as part of a successful conservation project in 2006, after the Supreme Court order to destroy all aquaculture tanks within the protected lakebed area. Photo: Chollangi Subrahmanyam, Retd. Forest Range Officer, Eluru

The Indian golden oriole is found in large numbers at Kolleru. Photo: Chollangi Subrahmanyam, Retd. Forest Range Officer, Eluru

The painted stork, which is endemic to Kolleru. Photo: Chollangi Subrahmanyam, Retd. Forest Range Officer, Eluru

The palm canoe used in traditional fishing. Canoes are not as widely used now as they were before the proliferation of fish tanks. Photo: Kunal Shankar

The Andhra Pradesh government’s latest move to reduce the size of the protected area of the Kolleru lake may just be the death knell for this Ramsar site.
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