The Mutha river basin near Old Sangvi road has been encroached upon and construction work is in progress in the area currently.(HT PHOTO)
The Mutha river basin near Old Sangvi road has been encroached upon and construction work is in progress in the area currently.(HT PHOTO)

Stop dumping debris on riversides: NGT to Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad civic bodies

A 5-member committee has been formed to check the same; decision was taken on July 23 and it will be formed in seven days
HIndustan Times, Pune | By Abhay Khairnar
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 04:22 PM IST

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken note of the rampant dumping of debris on the flood plains of the rivers flowing in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. The pollution watchdog has ordered the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to form a five-member committee.

The decision was taken on July 23 and the committee will be formed in seven days.

Pune-based civic and environment activist Sarang Yadwadkar had filed a petition in the NGT and mentioned the 12 dumping spots in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA).

Along with Yadwadkar, activists Vivek Velenkar, Narendra Chudh and Dilip Mohite were part of the petition.

Yadwadkar said, “Instead of filing case by case, we compiled 12 spots in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad where rampant dumping on riverbed is in progress. We have even submitted photographs of it.”

“Now, the NGT has taken serious note of the issue and appointed a five-member committee,” he added.

NGT in its order said, “The five-member committee will inspect the areas mentioned by the activists and take appropriate measures. The nodal agency for all this work would be the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board.”

NGT has also warned the municipal commissioners of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad that they should ensure that no further dumping of debris or any other waste, including the construction of waste, is disposed of in the river.

Shift in river course near Nanded city and Sangamwadi

Among the 12 spots, one spot is near Nanded city where the course of Mutha river has been shifted towards Shivane area. The satellite images from 2014 to 2018 show the shift in the river course. The spot comes under the jurisdiction of PMRDA region (some area comes under PMC jurisdiction). Same is the case in Sangamwadi where the land near the Mutha river has been reclaimed for parking vehicles.

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