‘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
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.