Green ac­tivists ini­ti­ate ac­tion to save Dom­bivli pol­luted pond

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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