Pol­luted creek wa­ter alarms res­i­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KALAM­BOLI: The wa­ter in the creek be­side the stretch be­tween Pur­shot­tam Petrol Pump and Kharghar Toll Naka on the Sion-Pan­vel high­way has turned black in the past few days.

Lo­cal res­i­dents are de­mand­ing that the Maharashtra Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (MPCB) take im­me­di­ate cor­rec­tive ac­tion.

Kasadi river, which flows through Taloja MIDC area, meets the creek. Treated wa­ter from Taloja ef­flu­ent treat­ment plant is re­leased into the creek through a pipe­line.

Shrikant Mha­tre, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said, “It seems that some com­pa­nies have been re­leas­ing un­treated wa­ter into the creek. The res­i­dents of Kalam­boli regu- larly speak of get­ting a strong stench and also a burn­ing sen­sa­tion in the eyes.”

He al­leged, “There are also in­stances of chem­i­cal tankers un­load­ing poi­sonous chem­i­calladen wa­ter in the river that flows along Taloja by­pass road.”

Lo­cals say that the res­i­dents of Kalam­boli, Navde and other neigh­bour­ing vil­lages, are the worst-af­fected by the pol­lu­tion.

Nagesh Lo­halkar, re­gional of­fi­cer of Maharashtra Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board ( MPCB), said, “We have taken note of the pol­lu­tion of the creek wa­ter, and are hold­ing dis­cus­sions about it. Soon mea­sures will be taken to curb it.”

He said, “We will also check if there is any neg­li­gence at the Taloja ef­flu­ent treat­ment plant. Strict ac­tion will be taken if that is found to be the case.”

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