Waste discharge into water bodies, NGO files application at NGT

Mumbai: Recently an NGO named Vanashakti registered an application at the National Green Tribunal (NGT), western bench, Pune saying state is doing nothing to prevent solid waste in nullahs from flowing into creeks, rivers and the sea in Mumbai.

It has filed application against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), urban development department, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Central Pollution Control Board, state environment department, and state mangrove cell for their failure to install nets across storm water drains in the city to collect waste before they empty out at creeks, rivers or the sea.

The waste, mostly plastic debris, was being washed into the mangrove forests and beaches in Mumbai, apart from endangering marine life.

According to the MPCB, domestic waste generated in the city is 2,671 million litres per day (MLD) of which 2016 MLD is being treated and 655 MLD is directly being discharged into creeks and the sea at different locations daily, which means almost 25% of the city’s sewage is entering the sea directly.

YB Sontakke, joint director, water quality department, BMC said that their stand is clear that it is the BMC’s responsibility to treat sewage, domestic waste at source and several directions have been issued to them time and again.

The application was admitted by the NGT on Tuesday. State respondents were issued notices and asked to file their replies to Vanashakti’s complaints in two weeks.