The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has discovered that untreated sewage water is being released into the Ramnadi, polluting the river in spite of stringent environmental regulations.
According to an official, the environmental watchdog has now requested that PMC and Zilla Pari-shad take precautionary action.
Advocate Krunnal Gharre, a resident of Bavdhan, had lodged a complaint regarding the pollution of the river with the MPCB.
The untreated sewage is being dumped into Ramnadi, which is under the jurisdiction of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), near the Cocorico Hotel. The pollution is being caused by the two main Zilla Parishad sewage lines. However, Zilla Parishad, PMC, and the community are unaware of this heinous offense.
On October 20, representatives of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board went to Ramnadi and collected samples, which were then sent for additional investigation.
Following the visit, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board sent letters on October 23 to the Zilla Parishad in Pune and the Gram Panchayat of Bhugaon instructing them to take preventative measures. On October 20, officials from the board visited the Ramnadi River and collected samples for analysis.
It’s interesting to note that, even after a week, no action has been taken by the local government to stop river pollution.
The Ramnadi near the Cocorico Hotel has seen the release of untreated sewage water. The untreated water discharge into the Bhugaon river needs to be stopped right away. Bhugaon Gram Panchayat should receive directives on the matter. According to the MPCB letter, steps should be taken to install a sewage treatment plant for the Bhugaon Gram Panchayat area.
The district collector for Pune has promised to investigate the matter and take prompt preventative action.
He promised to investigate the matter by speaking with Zilla Parishad officials. There will be directives to cease untreated sewage water discharge into the river right away.
(Source – HT)