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Absence of Water Hyacinth Damages Eco-Balance
The Santragachi Jheel of West Bengal's Howrah district has long been a well-known destination for migratory birds during the winter months. But lately the number of visiting birds has alarmingly gone down.

Based on a verdict of the Environment Court, the water body has gone through an extensive cleanup mission which has finally proved to affect the environment on the reverse.

The local municipality workers, who were assigned for the cleanup job have got rid of the water hyacinths that covered major portions of the lake. But this has damaged the eco-balance of the water body resulting in lesser number of visiting birds compared to yesteryears, claim environmentalists.

 
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