SUBJECT :December 2014 - Mumbai-2 

‘Factories continue to dump effluents’

27 Dec 2014, Hindustan Times (Mumbai)

Locals allege plants have not learnt a lesson even after Ulhasnagar pollution episode last month

DOMBIVLI: Not for the first time, residents of Dombivli MIDC have voiced their grievances with regard to factories allegedly releasing effluents that pollute the environment.

Residents, who have raised this issue often in the past 20 years, claim that factories in Khambalpada Dombivli MIDC areas are releasing effluents into the drainage system in increased quantities, leading to overflowing in the chambers through which these effluents flow.

“The overflowing of effluents through the chambers have led to higher amount of pollution in the air; there is a foul smell in the air for the entire day,” said Raju Nalawade, resident of Dombivli MIDC.

“In addition, the effluents spill over on to the road and emanate fumes.”

The chambers, which are placed at the roadside, are a link between the factories and the drainage outside them. The effluents released by the factories first flow into the chambers and later lead to the drainage. MIDC is supposed to clean the chambers regularly for the smooth flow of effluents. However, the chambers often get choked, thus leading to an overflow of untreated garbage.

“We re gularly clean t he chambers, but the factories are also responsible as they release the effluents in one go. They should plan to release effluents in phases to avoid choking up of the chamber. We will take note of this incident and do the needful,” said MIDC executive engineer Shankar Jagtap.

Locals have also raised doubts over whether these effluents are treated before being sent to the chambers.

“The entire area stinks most of the time, owing to the chambers overflowing. Factories functioning without following any norms should be closed at the earliest,” said Ameya Dutta, a resident.

In November, several residents faced health problems after fumes from a nullah spread across the area.


Illegally parked vehicles pose hurdle to Turbhe beautification

28 Dec 2014,Hindustan Times (Mumbai)

TURBHE: Vehicles parked illegally at Turbhe Naka along ThaneBelapur Road are proving to be a hurdle in the beautification area. On December 15, NMMC’s engineering department sent a letter to the Turbhe unit of traffic police, asking them to take action against illegally parked vehicles at the naka. But nothing has been done so far.

BACHCHAN KUMAR Turbhe Naka is being beautified as part of the project.

A civic official said, “The NMMC administration has started tree plantation drive along Palm Beach road as well as other prominent roads to curb air pollution in the city.”

“The corporation is also constructing a boundary wall at Turbhe Naka and installing grills over the wall to beautify the place but the illegally parked JCB, towing vans and other vehicles are creating problems,” the official added.

The official said, “If the boundary wall is not constructed, slum dwellers will encroach upon the area. Turbhe unit of traffic police office is located below the Sanpada flyover. The beautification work is being carried out by the civic body just a few metres away from the traffic police chowki. The traffic cops have paid little attention in removing them.”

When contacted, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Arvind Salve said, “We often need towing vans in the area as there are regular breakdowns and accidents on the busy road causing traffic snarls.”

He assured, “However, if they are hindering the civic body’s work, we will definitely take corrective action.” 


IIT-B’s research on pollution of Thane lakes in int’l journals soon

27 Dec 2014,Hindustan Times (Mumbai)

READY BY MARCH 2015 Study finds growth of weeds in 36 lakes major cause for concern

THANE: Excessive growth of weeds, which reduces the oxygen level in water, is one the reasons behind the pollution in most lakes in Thane, according to the research carried out by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in collaboration with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC).

The research paper on conservation of lakes, which will be completed by March 2015, will be published in international journals.

Taking note of the increasing pollution in the 36 lakes in Thane, the TMC filed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IIT-B in March 2012, to conduct a research on how the problem can be solved.

“The TMC had data on the pollution level in its lakes for the past 10 years, but it was not classified. We began the research by classifying the data and recording the changes over the past three years. The level of nutrients in the lakes is high because of the rapid growth of weeds. The corporation carries out regular bio-remediation, but it is not helping check the growth,” said Shubhankar Karmakar, associate professor of Centre for Environment Science and Engineering, IIT-B.

The weeds reduce the oxygen content of the water, Karmakar said.

“The lakes in Thane are urban lakes, which are surrounded by slums and residential areas. The dumping of garbage and sewage facilitates the growth of weeds. The data will help the corporation prioritise conservation activities. Moreover, they can also use it in their annual pollution report,” Karmarkar said.

The corporation will float a tender in the standing committee meeting to be held next week to clear the funds required to publish the data.

Manisha Pradhan, pollution control officer, TMC, said, “The research will provide clarity on which lakes need immediate attention. Publishing it on an international level will help us get perspective on lake conservation from global experts.” 

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