Dirty water from Jayanti nullah enters Panchaganga: Activist

  • | Monday | 18th September, 2023

Kolhapur: A city-based activist has lodged a complaint with the state pollution control board claiming that dirty, blackish water of the Jayanti nullah is directly entering the Panchaganga river.Officials of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) have taken water samples from the nullah, and are likely to issue a show-cause notice to the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC).Dilip Desai, the president of Prajasattak Samajik Sanstha, said Sewage from 15 drains is directly getting into the Jayanti nullah. Thereafter, frothy, black-coloured water from the Jayanti nullah is entering the Panchaganga. The river is getting polluted as the municipal corporation has not taken any measures. After the complaint was lodged, the area officer of the pollution control board immediately inspected the site and samples of sewage were taken for lab tests.Desai demanded action against the civic body. A notice is likely to be issued to the KMC on Monday once the test reports come in. Wastewater of the drain is also getting mixed with the Rankala lake waters. KMC has been negligent to this serious issue added Desai.Meanwhile, the KMC has issued a statement saying that due to the rainfall, the nullah water has started overflowing at the barrage, and they are carrying out bleaching treatment to control pollution.KMC said the excess rainwater and other effluents are overflowing from the barrage across Jayanti nullah. A dose of bleaching powder is being used to reduce the intensity of pollution. Also, sewage is continuously pumped from there and is sent to the treatment centre at Kasba Bawda. The treatment plant is also running at full capacity and 75-80 MLD of sewage is being processed daily by the municipal corporation, the officials said.We also published the following articles recentlyKMC to survey air pollution sourcesThe Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) in Maharashtra, India, plans to study the sources of air pollution in the city and analyze pollutants to determine necessary measures to reduce pollution levels. The study will focus on establishments such as bakeries, brick kilns, and restaurants using coal for cooking. Traffic hotspots will also be surveyed. The KMC has already implemented measures such as air filters and a vertical garden to combat pollution. In a separate study, it has been found that air pollution, particularly ground-level ozone, impairs bees ability to locate flowers by degrading their scent.Seepage from Seri nullah floods Atal tunnel againThe Atal tunnel, the highest highway tunnel in the world, experienced flooding due to seepage, prompting geologists to call for a solution. The Border Roads Organisation had to drain out the water manually. The tunnel, which connects Kullu with Lahaul-Spiti, has faced the issue of seepage since its opening three years ago. The problem is caused by the Seri nullah fault zone above the tunnel. Geologists are concerned that the seepage could damage the tunnel and are urging the government to take action. The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation was previously tasked with solving the issue but no progress has been made.MC razes 7 structures along nullahThe municipal corporation in Ludhiana demolished seven encroachments to make way for a road construction project along the Buddha Nullah. The encroachments, including sheds and toilets, were removed as warnings to the owners had been ignored. The municipal commissioner stated that regular drives are being conducted to clear encroachments along the nullah.

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