Neglected Dombivli lake has no dissolved oxygen: Report
Residents have been complaining about the pollution
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.”