Filthy Nerul pond a death trap for fish

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

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.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Lo­cals com­plain of the stench.

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