No farming along railway track: FDA
Officials from Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board visited the farming areas along the railway tracks in Navi Mumbai on Thursday and collected samples of vegetables.
The farmers allegedly use water from the nullahs for cultivating vegetables in those areas. After receiving complaints from the city residents the officials came to verify the facts. They also collected samples of naullah water from different areas.
“If the reports we received from the residents are true, it is really a serious matter. We will send the collected samples for examinations and the results will come within eight to fourteen working days,” said one official from pollution control
Some of the farmers claimed that they have permissions from the railway authorities for farming in the open spaces along the tracks. However, none
of them could show any documents supporting the same.
“We are not against farming in the open spaces. But we are concerned about the water being used for it. It is known to all the hundreds of factories in the MIDC areas release chemicals to the nullahs in the city. The colour of the nullah water keeps changing depending upon the chemicals released to them.
If someone uses such water for farming, it will definitely affect the consumers’ health,” said Santosh Pachlag, general secretary of BJP (Navi Mumbai unit).
“The vegetables grown in these areas normally make it to the markets of Vashi, Nerul, Kopar Khairane and peripheral areas. So we are victims of such evil practices. Therefore we had informed the authorities concerned to visit the areas to understand the scenario.
We hope they will take some concrete steps after the results come,” he added.
Despite repeated attempts, the railway officials were unavailable for comments.
After receiving complaints from residents, the FDA officials visited the farming sites along tracks on Thursday.