Taking note of HT’s reports last week, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a notice to the Igatpuri municipal council, asking it to stop dumping garbage in the stream that merges with the Vaitarna River, which supplies water to 17 lakh homes in Mumbai.
HT had, on August 20, reported how the Igatpuri municipal council daily dumps domestic, bio-medical and industrial waste, animal carcass, toxic liquid and huge amounts of garbage into one of the streams that join the river near the Middle Vaitarna and Upper Vaitarna dams. A team of civic officials visited the spot on Saturday and found mounds of garbage dumped in the stream.
As HT reports cited the possibility of chemical residue in the water being supplied to you, the civic body has decided to conduct a laboratory test on the raw water that reaches the Bhandup treatment plant. “We will check the quality of water we receive from the dams. If the source is contaminated, the water will have to be treated differently. When the local dams overflow during the monsoon, the garbage pollutes the entire stretch. We have written to them [Igatpuri municipal council], as the waste could pollute the river water,” said AS Tawadia, head, hydraulic department, BMC, adding the municipal council has been asked to take precautions to prevent contamination of water.
Following the reports, guardian ministers of the city had demanded a probe. The chief officer of the Igatpuri municipal council had sent a notice to the incharge of the solid waste management, who may face suspension, if he fails to give a satisfactory reason for dumping garbage into the stream.
Igatpuri municipal council chief officer Vishakha Motghare was unavailable for comment.