Increasing complaints about polluted water being released into Mula and Mutha rivers have the led Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar to announce the setting up water filteration units on the river banks at the District Planning Development Council (DPDC) meet. The guardian minister of Pune has asked both the Pune Municipal Corporation and the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to allocate Rs 16 crore for this purpose.
Earlier the civic bodies together had allocated Rs 10 crore. The state environment secretary is to issue show-cause notice to the civic bodies. With several complaints of untreated water being released into the rivers,the environment department is all set to issue notices to corporations. Though the corporations had allocated Rs 10 crore for the projects,I have asked them to allocate more, said Pawar after the DPDC meeting held in Pune.
The affected villages near the river banks have forwarded several complaints to the environment department. Officials said they have readied the list of corporations violating the norms. Pune and PCMC figure in the list and there have been several complaints about civic bodies not doing the needful, said environment department officer.
The pollution of Mula-Mutha and Indrayani rivers by the civic bodies was affecting villages in Haveli and Shirur talukas. State Assembly Speaker Dilip Valse Patil had also taken note of the issue and had conducted three meetings to resolve this issue. Many villages in Daund taluka were also affected and there were many places where untreated water from the city was being directly released into the rivers.
According to data,125 villages along the banks of the Bhima river in Shirur,Daund and Haveli talukas were receiving polluted water due to the release of untreated effluents by the Pune and PCMC. The Mula and Mutha rivers in Pune and the Pavana and Indrayani rivers in PCMC join the Bhima river.
Release of untreated effluents from the four rivers had resulted in pollution of the Bhima and besides the corporation,the report also states that around 14 municipal councils are also responsible for releasing effluents.