Taloja res­i­dents up in arms against pol­lu­tion

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

TALOJA: The in­creas­ing pol­lu­tion in Taloja in­dus­trial area has led to res­i­dents unit­ing to form an or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The group was formed fol­low­ing a meet­ing at Bhoir­wada ground on Mon­day. The res­i­dents have claimed that around 20km area has been af­fected due to pol­lu­tion.

Ghot, Sid­dhi, Kar­avle, Taloje Ma­jkur, Ghot camp, Nagjhari, Bur­dul, Pethali, Taloja Phase 1 and the nearby ar­eas have been the worst-af­fected due to Mum­bai Waste Man­age­ment Lim­ited ( MWML), Taloja and Cidco’s dump­ing garbage de­pot.

They claimed that agri­cul­ture in the area and the health of the res­i­dents have been af­fected.

MWML, t hat be­longs to Ramky Group, started its op­er­a­tions in Oc­to­ber 2002 as a treat­ment, stor­age, dis­posal fa­cil­ity to man­age haz­ardous and biomed­i­cal waste dis­posal.

Dhanaji Patil, a vil­lager, said: “We have suf­fered in si­lence for long. We will not take law into our hands, but we will en­sure that our voice is heard. If re­quired, we are plan­ning to seek Anna Hazare’s sup­port.”

Kr­ishna Patil, a vil­lager, said: “De­spite re­peated com­plaints, there has been lit­tle ac­tion by the au­thor­i­ties over the years. Our health is suf­fer­ing a lot and our kids too face a lot of dif­fi­cul­ties.”

Dinkar Adhav, di­rec­tor of MWML, said: “There had not been any com­plaint all th­ese years. We have a world- class f acil­ity and all aspects of pol­lu­tion are t a ke n into ac­count.”

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