In an affidavit filed in the on-going public interest litigation case on the Kanjurmarg dump yard in Bombay high court (HC), the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has contradicted its own inspection report of the site that had noted several violations of Municipal Solid Waste rules, 2000.
While quoting its inspection report of November 12, MPCB states, “It was observed that there was poor treatment facility of leachate collection and the treatment facility was found inadequate.”
The affidavit then goes on to add, “Municipal solid waste going into the landfill site is segregated at the time of bio-mining. Apart from the inadequate treatment of leachate collection, there is no breach of environmental clearance and MSW rules.
But, contrary to MPCB’s affidavit, their November 22 inspection report clearly states, “the release of untreated leachate into the creek water is creating water pollution. Some kind of chemical that imparted pink colour to the creek water was used and it had spread foul smell. At many places, mangroves were found destroyed.” The inspection report also states that there is no segregation of waste and that no sanitary landfill site was provided at the site.
The MPCB affidavit fails to mention any of the above violations. In fact, in the case of destruction of mangroves, the forest department had filed a preliminary offence report against the BMC on November 23. “We have submitted all the details we had with us to the high court and it is for the court to take action now. There might have been some mistakes while drafting the affidavit, but we have attached out inspection report,” said JB Sangewar, regional officer, MPCB.
The HC had asked MPCB, a respondent in the case to file an affidavit during the PIL’s last hearing on November 22.