Measures in place to clean up Khaled Lagoon

SHARJAH - Visitors to the Buheirah promenade yesterday could not but notice the visable change in the waters of Khaled Lagoon.

By Hani M. Bathish

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Published: Sat 3 May 2003, 12:13 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:58 PM

The deep brown colour of the water was very noticable and the lagoon was saturated with all kinds of household waste - bottles, polystyrene cups and plastic bags - to name only a few, but what caught the eye most of all was a number of dead fish floating on the surface of the water.

When contacted yesterday, a Sharjah Municipality official stressed that the civic body had carried out a number of projects to reduce pollution levels in the lagoon, including the construction of the Qasba Cannal, which allows cleaner water from the Arabian Gulf to flow into the lagoon through the canal.

Often highly polluted water flows into the lagoon from the port area. The dredging of the artificial lagoon 20 years ago did not take into account the fast paced construction activity around the lagoon and the use of the lagoon as a rubbish dump by some residents, the official said. He stressed that the municipality had put a stop to the practice of dumping rubbish into the lagoon.

Municipality clean-up crew periodlically cleans the waste scattered on the surface of the lagoon, but the last major clean-up campaign undertaken by the municipality at the lagoon was in June 2001, which was followed by another clean-up campaign organised by the staff of a local hotel who volunteered to clean up the lagoon, the official added.

He said the bottom of the Buheira is polluted but that it is the responsability of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah to clean it up.

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