Pune: MPCB Issues Notice to Dehuroad Cantonment Board for Indrayani River Pollution

Pune: MPCB Issues Notice to Dehuroad Cantonment Board for Indrayani River Pollution

Pune: MPCB Issues Notice to Dehuroad Cantonment Board for Indrayani River Pollution

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MPCB demands action after finding untreated sewage discharge into the Indrayani River.

July 2, 2024

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has issued a show-cause notice to the Dehuroad Cantonment Board for releasing untreated sewage into the Indrayani River. The notice highlights violations of environmental norms. According to MPCB officials, the Dehuroad Cantonment Board has neglected to establish a sewage treatment plant (STP) for treating domestic effluents within its jurisdiction. Untreated sewage has been discharged into the river through various nallas. MPCB has cited non-compliance with the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and has invoked section 33A to demand a corrective action plan within 15 days. Failure to comply will lead to legal action against the board.

The MPCB notice emphasizes the board’s responsibility to preserve the water quality of natural water bodies, safeguarding aquatic flora and fauna from contamination.

“It is obligatory on the board’s part to maintain the wholesomeness of water quality of the natural water bodies including aquatic flora and fauna life by avoiding contamination of water,” the MPCB notice said

In a related development, MPCB’s surprise inspection of STPs within the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation revealed significant discrepancies at an STP in Kudalwadi.

The regional officer has highlighted issues such as the lack of power supply to the STP, resulting in untreated sewage discharge during power cuts into the Indrayani River. He stated that ongoing inspections will continue until all deficiencies are identified and addressed.

With inspections ongoing, authorities are focused on ensuring compliance with environmental norms to mitigate pollution risks and safeguard public health and the environment.