Ne­glected Dom­bivli lake has no dis­solved oxy­gen: Re­port

Res­i­dents have been com­plain­ing about the pol­lu­tion

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DOM­BIVLI: When Dom­bivli res­i­dent Raju Nalawade, 55, gave a sam­ple of the Ganesh Ghat lake wa­ter at Mi­lap­na­gar for test­ing, the re­port alarmed him.

The metal anal­y­sis showed a high con­cen­tra­tion of lead and cad­mium, much above the per­mis­si­ble limit. Also, the dis­solved oxy­gen level in the lake is zero as against the re­quired 4mg per 1 litre of wa­ter.

“The lake is in a bad state and pol­lu­tion is killing the marine life. A few months ago, we found dead fish. The lake is be­ing used for im­mer­sion dur­ing fes­ti­vals,” said Nalawade.

On Oc­to­ber 24, KJ So­maiya Col­lege’s depart­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal science col­lected the wa­ter sam­ple from the lake. The re­port showed that the dis­solved oxy­gen level in the wa­ter is zero, which had made it im­pos­si­ble for the marine life to sur­vive.

On Wed­nes­day, a team from the depart­ment again col­lected a fresh sam­ple for fur­ther test­ing.

Ganesh Ghat is an old lake in Dom­bivli but ill- main­te­nance is chok­ing the wa­ter body. Im­mer­sions in the lake has wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion and led to more pol­lu­tion.

Im­mer­sion of huge idols in the lake has ad­versely af­fected marine life, said en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists.

De­spite the Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( KDMC)’s or­der to not al­low im­mer­sions, five to six such idols were im­mersed in the pond on dur­ing this year’s Ganesh fes­ti­val.

En­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Ru­pali Shai­wale said, “I have been vis­it­ing this pond through­out the fes­ti­val and have re­alised that the nat­u­ral wa­ter sup­ply to the pond has been blocked owing to the im­mer­sion of huge idols.”

Shai­wale is also the co­ordi- na­tor of Paryavaran Dak­shata Manch, an en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion in Dom­bivli fight­ing to save wa­ter bod­ies.

“The marine life in t he pond has been af­fected,” said Shai­wale.

“A day be­fore the fi­nal day of Gan­pati im­mer­sion, the E ward of KDMC had sent a let­ter to a com­plainant say­ing it won’t al­low any im­mer­sion of huge idols in the pond. But, no­body fol­lowed the or­der,” he added.

Dom­bivli res­i­dents have de­cided to come to­gether and save the wa­ter body.

“The civic body has failed to ap­point some­one to look af­ter the lake. That is the rea­son many peo­ple eas­ily used the lake to im­merse idols,” said Jy­oti Iyer, 43, a res­i­dent of the area and one of the com­plainants.

Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) has failed to take steps to pre­serve the an­cient lake.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing the res­i­dents’ com­plaints, mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner E Ravindran said, “I will look into the mat­ter and do the need­ful to save the lake.”

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