Waste from Mumbai dumpyard killing fish in Thane creek, fishermen complain to civic body
Sewage from the Kanjurmarg spillway in Mumbai kills species of fish in the Thane stream, fishermen from the area told the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
In a complaint to BMC’s Department of Solid Waste Management (SWM), which manages the landfill, the Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan (SEAP), a group of umbrella fishermen said that fish catching has declined to 90% in recent years .
Fishermen allege that the leachate entered the stream from the landfill through two drains. Leachate is a liquid product produced when water is mixed with the decomposition of the waste.
It may contain dissolved toxic substances, which can enter the bodies of water or percolate into the groundwater.
“More than 1 000 families of fishermen have been deprived of their daily fish catch due to contaminated water,” said Nandkumar Pawar, chief SEAP. “While Kanjurmarg is the main source of untreated waste, even Deonar and Kopri dumps add to the pollution.
We were promised by the state and the civic body that there would be a scientific and scientific waste disposal in Kanjurmarg. But the reality is just the opposite. ”
Although BMC says there is no outlet at the Kanjurmarg landfill, an emissary is discovered from the walls of the Kanjurmarg spillway, releasing sewage leachate into the Thane stream.
Pawar said that hundreds were dead mangrove near the storage room, lixiviages after stagnation in the creek, suffocating the roots of these trees. He said fish species such as catfish, tilapia and shrimp were the only three in the region.
“The fish spotted cream, giant perch, gold fish, all species of crabs, oysters, clams and many other species have disappeared from the creek. The region is home to 40,000 flames and other wetland birds and soon The effect will look on them too, “Pawar said.
“Our community pays the price of the pollution problem that the civic body has failed.”
Ecologist D Stalin, who visited the site, confirmed that sewage and leachate were discharged from the landfill.
“There must be an independent investigation into the Kanjurmarg landfill operations and untreated wastewater discharge entering the stream between Kanjurmarg and Vikhroli, should be stopped,” he said.
Meanwhile, BMC SWM officials have denied the allegations. “There is no outlet to the Kanjurmarg Thane dump. There is no wastewater discharge from this and there are bioreactors that treat the waste,” said Vijay Balamvar, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, BMC’s SWM department.