Four Mumbai Factories Sent Closure Notices After Water Pollution Complaint by NGO

Four Mumbai Factories Sent Closure Notices After Water Pollution Complaint by NGO

Following an email complaint by Stalin D, director of the NGO Vanashakti, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has served closure notices to four electroplating factories for polluting the Waldhuni and Ulhas rivers. 

The NGO wrote to the Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary with regard to the continuing pollution of the rivers by the factories. Further proof like GPS-stamped pictures and videos of the river pollution was also sent to the relevant officials.

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The MPCB took cognizance of the matter and wrote back to Vanashakti. “Foam was observed near Samrat Ashok Nagar (downstream from the bridge). Further, it was noticed that a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) provided by the Ambernath Municipal Council was not in operation and due to which untreated domestic effluent was discharged into Waldhuni river causing foam generation. In this regard the Board has issued the Show Cause Notice vide letter on December 1 to the Ambernath Municipal Council for not operating their STP,” the letter read.

Further, the Field Officer, Sub-Regional Officer, Regional Officer, and Senior Officer from the MPCB headquarters are believed to have visited the surface treatment industries at Additional MIDC, Ambernath on Nov 28 while formally issuing closure notices to the four companies on December 1.

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The NGO, in its email, also asked for the monitoring of the river to be handed over to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) as the MPCB has failed to do the job. “Please pursue the video and photos of the violation that are attached to this email it is evident that there is no desire from the industries to improve their methods of production to comply with pollution norms. We fail to understand why these violations do not come to the notice of the officers whose duty is to monitor these areas and instead we are left to do this task,” the email read.

The NGO has said that they will continue to provide more evidence of wrongdoing by the companies. “Needless to say we will be producing this evidence before the honourable Supreme Court in the ongoing case on river pollution,” Stalin added. 

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