Karimnagar: People from the fishermen community usually catch fish in irrigation projects and big tanks and make money by selling them in the market. Besides fishermen, people from other communities too are trying their hand in fishing since almost all water bodies have dried up due to severe heat wave conditions. People especially youths and children are showing much interest to catch fish in village tanks, ponds and rivulets.
While a majority of the people use nets and sarees, some of them are using hooks to catch fish. Though it is regular practice in every summer, the activity is high this time around, thanks to the State government’s prestigious programme Mission Kakatiya which rejuvenated rural water bodies in the last five years.
The storage capacity of water bodies has been enhanced following the removal of silt as part of Mission Kakatiya programme giving scope to grow fish in large scale. As the water evaporated due to severe heat conditions, the entire fish grew in the water bodies has to confine to a small area. Taking advantage, people took to fishing in a big way.
For instance, the water in Manakondur tank has been confined to a small area. The historic tank is spread over 600 acres and about 500 fishermen community families residing in Manakondur mandal headquarter depend on it. Speaking to ‘Telangana Today’, Ramesh, who was fishing in the tank, said a few days ago the entire village moved in and around the tank to catch fish. The crowd has gradually reduced following the decline of fish strength in the tank, he said.
Every day, he earns Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 by selling fish. However, he has to spend the entire day in the tank, he informed. A boy Mahesh, who was hunting fish with a hook, said that usually, villagers do not come to the tanks throughout the year. However, a majority of them were rushing here as the tank had dried up. Mallaiah, who sells fish on the tank bund, said passersby were showing a lot of interest to purchase fish since they were fresh. Since the tank is located on Karimnagar-Warangal main road, a majority of the people passing through the area every day get attracted to the fresh fish available here.