Thousands of dead fish rose up to surface of Bengaluru’s Ulsoor lake in the early hours of Monday and washed up on the shores.
According to Vaman Acharya, former chairman of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, this happens every March.
Why? A build-up of untreated sewage.
In this context, read Arati Kumar-Rao’s origin story of Bangalore, to understand why these water bodies are vital to the survival of this city. (Part 2, which discusses how the city is losing that vital lifeline, is here).