Green activists initiate action to save Dombivli polluted pond
The dead turtles and fish found in Milapnagar pond in Dombivli MIDC has alarmed the residents and activists, who have been crying hoarse over the water body’s pollution.
Although the KalyanDombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) said it would rejuvenate the pond, the city environmentalists have initiated steps to preserve the pond.
After three turtles were found dead in the pond on Thursday, Rupali Shewale, coordinator of Paryavaran Dakshata Manch in Dombivli collected water samples from the Dombivli pond for testing.
“We want to conserve the pond. Since it is a natural source of water, we cannot let it lie neglected due to pollution of some other cause. We have started collecting samples since October and we are studying the collected water samples,” said Shewale.
The environmentalists have planned to test water sample for a year and submit a detailed report to KDMC commissioner E Ravendiran.
Since October, environmentalists have been regularly collecting samples from the pond and sending it to Somaiya College’s environmental science department for testing.
“We will study the pond water regularly for a year. Based on the study, we will prepare a report and submit it to the KDMC commissioner. He can further study the report and find out proper ways to conserve the pond for permanent basis,” added Shewale.
T h e D o m b i v l i We l f a r e Association has also been following the matter with the MPCB for an action plan to conserve the pond.
“The environmentalists are testing the water samples but the MPCB has no interest,” said Raju Nalawade, 55, activist and a resident of Dombivli who has been following the issue of pollution in Dombivli ponds.