Residents raise their voice against pollution
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