‘Un­treated sewage wa­ter dumped into Pan­vel drain’

The nul­lah from Sec­tor 7 in New Pan­vel to Kamothe creek has be­come a breed­ing ground for mos­quito

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

NEW PAN­VEL: As cit­i­zens and NGOs clean-up the city’s pub­lic places, pledg­ing their sup­port to the Swachch Bharat Ab­hiyan, res­i­dents of New Pan­vel are bat­tling san­i­ta­tion woes.

Ac­cord­ing to Su­nil Mathur, a res­i­dent of Khanda, along with garbage, un­treated sewage wa­ter from the node is be­ing re­leased into the storm wa­ter drains, pos­ing health haz­ards to those re­sid­ing near nul­lahs at New Pan­vel, Asudgaon and Kamothe. “De­spite com­plaints, lit­tle ac­tion has been taken by au­thor­i­ties,” said Mathur.

Khaleel Atha­vani, an­other res­i­dent of New Pan­vel, said, “The solid waste man­age­ment is pa­thetic in the 32 sec­tors in the node — 19 in New Pan­vel and 14 in Khanda. We have re­cently learnt that sewage wa­ter be­ing re­leased into the node is not be­ing treated.”

“It is a se­ri­ous is­sue. The City In­dus­trial and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion ( Cidco) needs to take note of this,” he said.

Deepak Nikam, a Shiv Sena leader, said, “The sewage wa­ter in the nul­lah — that spans from Sec­tor 7 in New Pan­vel to Kamothe creek — em­anates a strong odour in the area. It has also be­come a breed­ing ground for mosquitos.”

Atha­vani said, “There is an ur­gent need for in­de­pen­dent sewage treat­ment plants at New Pan­vel and Khanda colony.”

Sud­hakar Visale, Cidco su­per­in­tend­ing en­gi­neer, New Pan­vel, how­ever has de­nied the claims.

“It is true that there is no sewage treat­ment plant in New Pan­vel. How­ever, we do have an 80 mld ca­pac­ity sewage treat­ment plant at Kamothe. Sewage wa­ter from New Pan­vel and Khanda colony is pumped to the Kamothe sewage treat­ment plant for treat­ment. Hence, we do not feel there is any ma­jor prob­lem in New Pan­vel,” said Visale.

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