Filthy Nerul pond a death trap for fish
NERUL: The death of hundreds of fish in water bodies of Belapur and other areas in the city has once again brought the issue of water pollution to the fore.
Despite being renovated by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), under its pond vision scheme, the Nerul pond has turned into a dumping ground. Tipplers are often seen enjoying a drink on the premises of the water body.
There are 24 ponds in the city, which have been beautified by the civic body under its pond vision scheme. The civic body has installed a gabion wall at the Nerul pond spread over 4000 sq mt to curb water pollution caused by immersion of Ganesh idols. Street lights have also been installed. Shades and benches have been set up around the pond for visitors and a garden for children with swings has been built. However, the water body is still in a pathetic condition due to lack of maintenance.
Anant Nagpal, a local resident, said, “The Nirmalya Kalash is in ruins. Garbage is dumped in the kalash. Heaps of waste is thrown into the water, which now emanates a rotten foul smell, causing severe inconvenience to locals and passersby.”
Nagpal said, “Streetlights have also become dysfunctional because of broken electric lines. The garden at pond is taken over by antisocial elements every evening, causing trouble to visitors and locals.”
“At times 20-25 liquor bottles are found dumped at the park. Some are flung into the pond. The authorities need to take immediate action,” Rakesh Kumar, another resident, said.
A Nerul ward official necessary action would be taken soon.
Locals complain of the stench.