Sunday, July 02, 2006

Fishy Problem

For Mylai Kaplesshwar temple.

Generally this temple tank is bone dry. But, last year precious water was pumped in for a temple festival which led to the growth of fish population. When I visited the tank in January, it was brimming with water....

Over hungry fish crowd
But now the tank over populated with fish creating fishy problem for the temple

People feeding fish @ the mylai temple tank
This attracts kids and the elderly alike and has become a tourist spot

Feeding Fish
With the visitors feeding the fish there is always a crowd waiting to be fed with 'pori'

A over hungry fish risking to get some food..
An over eager or over hungry fish dashing to get some food

With the receding water level and tones of starving fish, temple authorities have fishy dilemma to deal with. They first tried to auction the fish away but after public hue and cry they stopped it.

The temple authorities have a challenge which they might have never faced. Unless the water level is replenished (by rain or other ways), the fish population will continue to get squeezed and might eventually die. On the other hand, if they auction it, then they might end up dying as well.

A costly option is to catch them, transport them to the ocean near by. This could be a very expensive option for the temple and they might never do it.

So what should the temple be doing? What do you think?