Two businesses that were discovered to be polluting the Indrayani River during an inspection on Saturday have been given closure notices by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).
To identify the sources, the officials went to the area near the river. The action was taken after Chief Minister Eknath Shinde gave concerned officials instructions to address pollution before the Kartiki Wari.
Two businesses were dumping contaminated water into a stream that connected the river even further, according to a team of officials. The MPCB issued warnings to other industrial units in the vicinity to prevent the release of contaminated water into the river and threatened to take harsh measures if the rules were broken.
Every year during Kartiki Wari, a significant number of warkaris, or devotees, visit the Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj temple.
According to a PCMC official, they have discovered multiple industrial units in Kudalwadi and Jadhavwadi that are not adhering to the rules. They will make sure there isn’t any pollution in the river under PCMC control.
According to PCMC officials, the recent observation of foam in the river is a result of water being released from dams ahead of the Kartiki Wari.
The Jadhavwadi Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) is still unfinished by the PCMC.
According to a PCMC official, STP’s work is nearing completion and will soon begin operations. Other areas do not release untreated water because their STPs are already operational.
According to an MPCB representative, the inspection will go on. Strict action will be taken against any other firm found to be breaking the rules. They have been instructed to address the matter right away.