Nine river stretches in Pune have polluted water, says MPCB report
These locations included rivers, sea coasts and creeks, drains, dams and wells. While 81%, or 139 of these sites had ‘non-polluted’ water, 28 sites (16%) contained ‘polluted’ water, and five (3%) were ‘heavily polluted’.pune Updated: Aug 30, 2018 17:07 IST
Nine river stretches in Pune, including Bhima, Mula, Mutha, Mula-Mutha, and Pavana, have ‘polluted’ water, according to a water quality analysis done by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) in May.
According to the report, five water bodies in Maharashtra contain ‘heavily polluted’ water, and Mumbai’s Mithi River is one of them. The MPCB’s findings were compiled after monitoring water quality at 250 locations in Pune, Mumbai, Thane and Nagpur, under the National water monitoring programme.
These locations included rivers, sea coasts and creeks, drains, dams and wells. While 81%, or 139 of these sites had ‘non-polluted’ water, 28 sites (16%) contained ‘polluted’ water, and five (3%) were ‘heavily polluted’.
Most sites where the MPCB recorded poor water quality were in the urban areas of Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Nagpur. “The Pune municipal corporation is working on treating every drop of water, be it in rivers or lakes, based on a project awarded to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),” YB Sontakke, joint director, water quality, MPCB said.
In Mumbai, nine locations, most of which are popular tourist spots, had ‘polluted water’. Eight water bodies in Thane which receive sewage and industrial waste, had ‘heavily polluted’ or ‘very bad’ water. Thane’s major issue is domestic sewage entering creeks. “It needs to be treated at the source and collected before discharge,” Sontakke said. “In Nagpur, some locations are facing problem with industrial and domestic sewage, directions have been issued to the district administration to resolve the pollution.”
Meanwhile, the MPCB said the reason more locations in Mumbai were identified as having polluted water was because it collected samples near marine outfalls, which releases both treated and untreated sewage into the sea, experts pointed out how this showed not enough was being done to stop industries from releasing untreated waste into the sea.
First Published: Aug 30, 2018 16:51 IST