Residents battle dumping of debris at Kharghar lake
‘Wetland Norm Violations Still Continue’
Navi Mumbai: Miscreants continued to dump construction debris and other waste around Kharghar lake in Sector 35, besides vehicles were illegally accessing the water body despite Cidco prohibiting swimming, fishing, entry of vehicles and washing.
The water body’s size has reduced substantially over the years due to illegal dumping. In a letter to Konkan Wetland Grievance Redressal Committee, residents demanded barricades and installation of CCTV cameras to nab violators. The residents, who are beautifying the area, are aghast over the way the lake is losing its scenic beauty.
“We have been tirelessly cleaning the area and planting trees to save it. Young and old citizens have been restoring the pond by increasing greenery and clearing the rubbish regularly. Enthusiastic members of society are contributing their bit to protect the environment around, but the authorities are doing nothing,” said a resident, Dharmendra Kar.
Despite their attempts, vehicles are illegally accessing the pond and dumping of trash continues. Jagdish Patil, the Konkan divisional commissioner, who also heads the Wetland Grievance Redressal Committee, said, “We have convened a meeting on Monday to discuss violation of wetland and mangrove norms in the region. It will be attended by officers and members of various agencies.”
“Debris is being dumped right under the noses of Cidco officials. The Cidco signboard alone will not deter the miscreants from destroying the area. In fact, the authorities have been apprised of the situation repeatedly but they do not take any action against those flouting the rules. We have suggested to top officials in various departments to instruct the agency concerned to take care of the water body,” said activist, Nareshchandra Singh.
On Saturday, locals noticed an excavator levelling the dumped debris along the residential side of the lake. “It was shocking to see the levelling by eating into the water body. This is a gross violation against preservation of wetland as the high court recently warned agencies to stop destruction of wetlands in the region,” said a resident, Manohar Rawat.
An excavator levelling debris on the residential side of Kharghar lake