Res­i­dents raise their voice against pol­lu­tion

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Res­i­dents of Sec­tor 11 in Kopar Khairane, who have for years been bear­ing the brunt of pol­lu­tion from the chem­i­cal fac­to­ries in Pawane vil­lage and TTC in­dus­trial area of MIDC, have ini­ti­ated a con­certed ef­fort to curb the is­sue.

They have com­plained to the au­thor­i­ties but no ac­tion has been taken. Sau­rabh Pandya, pres­i­dent, New Sec­tor 11 As­so­ci­a­tion (NSA), said, “The fac­to­ries emit chem­i­cal gases day and night, which have a strong and foul smell. The at­mos­phere around the area be­comes foggy. At times, the odour is in­tol­er­a­ble.”

He added t hat chem­i­cal wastes are also dumped into wetlands and man­groves in the nearby canal ad­join­ing the Palm Beach Road. “This has a se­ri­ous im­pact on our health and en­vi­ron­ment,” Pandya said.

Di­lawer Pan­garkar, a se­nior ci­ti­zen, said, “Ex­po­sure to th­ese chem­i­cal gases and haz­ardous waste are af­fect­ing hu­man health, chil­dren and the el­derly be­ing more vul­ner­a­ble. Cer­tain chem­i­cals if re­leased un­treated, the ex­po­sure can lead to dis­ease like can­cer and tu­ber­cu­lo­sis.”

He added, “There also min­ing ac­tiv­ity in Pawane vil­lage and TTC in­dus­trial area, MIDC Navi Mum­bai, which in­creases the dust pol­lu­tion in the area .”

Pandya de­manded the shift­ing of com­pa­nies. “We also want strict ac­tion against com­pa­nies which have vi­o­lated norms, stan­dards, rules and laws.”

Pandya added that they had writ­ten to MPCB, state govern­ment and NMMC and even con- ducted a sig­na­ture cam­paign.

He said, “The MPCB re­gional of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing the re­gional head, vis­ited our area and started tak­ing sig­na­tures on pa­per which state that there is no pol­lu­tion in the nul­lah, it doesn’t have coloured wa­ter and nor it has any haz­ardous el­e­ments.”

Pandya said, “We have de­cided to meet the chief min­is­ter and if even that does not work, we will move court.”

MPCB of­fi­cials re­fused to com­ment.

The MPCB re­gional of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing the re­gional head, vis­ited our area and started tak­ing sig­na­tures on pa­per which state that there is no pol­lu­tion in the nul­lah, it doesn’t have coloured wa­ter and nor it has any haz­ardous el­e­ments.

SAU­RABH PANDYA, pres­i­dent of New Sec­tor 11 As­so­ci­a­tion

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