Today is World Environment Day! Lets pledge to save our environment and our Dombivli. On this note, some food for thought!
In 2010, The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in conjunction with IIT-Delhi recently surveyed 88 industrial clusters around the country and found 43 “critically polluted” (score above 70 on a 100 point scale) while 32 were “severely polluted” (score 60-70). Our dear Dombivli had score – 78.41/100 !!
There after the study was published by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board. Some extracts of 2010 report by Maharastra Pollution Control Board – Action Plan For Industrial Cluster – “Dombivali”
“Present level of pollutants in water bodies/effluent receiving drains /ground water: – At present there are many leakages at various locations in the drainage pipeline & existing drainage pipeline is very old. The repairing & replacement will help avoid leakage of effluent into the nalla. Also the treated effluent from CETPs & untreated domestic effluent from residential areas is discharged into Natural Nalla at Khambalpada Nalla & Bhopar Nalla which flows through residential area and giving chance for frequent complaints of smell nuisance”
“Out of 345 effluent generating industries, major units are textile, chemical and bulk drugs, pharmaceuticals, dyes, pesticides, etc. The partly treated effluent of the SSI units and fully treated Effluent of MSI/ LSI units is carried through MIDC pipe line to CETP, along with the domestic effluent (sewage) of Industries in the MIDC zone. The total treated effluent generated from MIDC area is about 14.0 MLD.”
“Other issues – 1) Illegal disposal of liquid chemical waste in to the nallas & drains flowing through MIDC by tankers 2) Leachates arising from unscientific dumping of MSW by the nearby Grampanchyats in open plots and along the road side of MIDC.”
Nothing on the points mentioned in the action plan seems to have been implemented.
In Feb 2014, 72 companies were given closure notices by MPCP; these companies, however, started on conditional basis. Page 153 of report National Ambient Air Quality Status & Trends – 2012 shows increasing trends in NO2 and SO2 in Kalyan Dombivli. In research report, titled Toxic metals pollution due to industrial effluents released along Dombivali Industrial Belt of Mumbai, India, Singare and Dhabharde conclude existing situation if neglected may cause severe long term damage to the surrounding population as well as to the ecosystem. In another paper both made following concluding remark – “Masses should be made aware of the drastic consequences of such a situation on their lives, both directly and indirectly. The existing situation if mishandled can cause irreparable ecological harm in the long term well masked by short term economic prosperity due to extensive industrial growth.”
Our action plan: Lets file RTI application to MPCB on the status of action plan