While environmentalists said that debris dumping especially near mangrove areas is a rampant issue in Navi Mumbai and the municipal corporation needs to be stern in dealing with it and the civic body should publicise their helpline numbers more effectively. Sandeep Bangia, member of Navi Mumbai Environment Preservation Society (NMEPS) said, “Debris dumping is a civic menace which needs to be dealt with strongly. Offenders get away by dumping debris at night or at isolated places. Although after NMEPS filing the PIL against debris dumping near wetland areas, the menace has reduced a bit, still more action is required.”
The other two toll-free numbers 1800222309 and 1800222310 which were launched in 2014 has however received a better response.
As per the records, 51 calls were registered in 2014 while 245 calls were registered in 2015 and 34 calls have been registered in 2016. Officials however said they are themselves been active about tracking on illegal dumping of debris across the civic body jurisdiction.