‘Soil pollution from Kanjur landfill killing fish less than 500m from flamingo sanctuary’ – mumbai news

Leachate from Kanjurmarg dumping floor and stagnant water have killed fish over a two-hectare mangrove forests’ space within the jap suburbs of Mumbai between Bhandup and Kanjur, an environmentalist group has mentioned.

Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan (SEAP), the group, on Tuesday filed complaints with numerous state our bodies and the Bombay excessive court docket-appointed wetland grievance redressal committee after a go to of the positioning close to the Eastern Express Highway and the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary.

“Hundreds of dead fish were floating in and along the edges of the creek on Tuesday,” mentioned SEAP chief Nandkumar Pawar. “The natural tidal flow of this mangrove stretch seems to have been blocked resulting in stagnant water. As a result, there is no fresh supply of tidewater affecting the entire biodiversity of this area.” Pawar mentioned untreated poisonous chemical compounds drained from the dumping floor have been killing fish after common intervals.

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Mangrove Cell vary forest officer Nathuram Kokare mentioned an investigation into the matter could be undertaken.

Soil pollution from bio-medical waste and leachate is induced as a result of extra waste, particularly from discarded medicines, and chemical compounds. Excessive quantities of hint nutrient parts and different parts together with heavy metals in soil are dangerous to the pure biodiversity of an space.

Kanjurmarg dumping floor

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai generates 5,400 tonnes of strong and roughly 24 tonnes of biomedical waste. Of this, 60% of the waste is distributed to Kanjur whereas the remaining to Deonar.

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“We are not dumping any garbage beyond the land [at Kanjur] belonging to us. There is no question of leachate entering the creek area. We are also taking adequate precautions. However, I will ask my team to visit the site, verify what has been happening, and submit a report to me. We have no intention of causing any environmental damage and corrective measures are being taken to see to this,” mentioned BMC’s further municipal commissioner, Suresh Kakani.

Stalin D, a member of the excessive court docket-appointed panel, mentioned this isn’t the primary time when aquatic biodiversity has been misplaced. “Pristine mangrove forests near the Bhandup pumping station start stinking with every high tide. The treatment facility at Kanjurmarg is woefully inadequate… leachate is regularly being leaked into the creek. It has increased much more since the landfill was expanded.”

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Scientific waste disposal is undertaken on the 121-hectare Kanjurmarg dumping floor. It is adjoining to the 1,690-hectare sanctuary however has been overlooked of the proposed eco-delicate zone (buffer space).

Until earlier this yr, the sanctuary was unfold throughout 68.5 hectares however the BMC expanded the scale of the landfill by buying an extra 52.5 hectares. The transfer was challenged within the excessive court docket. The petitioners argued it was performed in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone norms and threatened the security of the sanctuary.

The court docket allowed the growth in December saying BMC had acquired all essential clearances. The Supreme Court in February directed the excessive court docket to shut the problem inside three months, and BMC was allowed to start dumping waste throughout the whole 121 hectares.

“Though Kanjurmarg landfill is actually surrounded by reserved forest. It has been carefully left out of the protected area to make way for solid waste management within an ecologically sensitive zone,” mentioned Stalin.


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