• Smog Towers won’t fix Delhi’s pollution
    The Delhi government, in an ambitious project to reduce air pollution (by two thirds in the next 5 years) in the city has decided to allocate 30 crore rupees for the installation of Smog Towers in its annual budget1. However, experts have expressed their concerns over such ‘band-aid fixes’ and how they could prove to be more damaging than useful in the future. A prototype tower has been fitted at Lajpat Nagar with the collaborative effort of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), University of Minnesota, IIT Mumbai and IIT Delhi2. This 20 ft tower was set up at a cost of 7 lakhs and will need an additional amount of INR 30,000/ month for maintenance. With a limited radius of 50 meters, Delhi will require 2.5 million similar smog towers to curb air pollution and a capital investment of INR 1,700 billion3. In November, the Supreme Court had directed4 the Centre and the Delhi government to prepare a plan to install ‘smog towers’ across the capital to deal with air pollution2. In December, members and advisers of Care for Air, a non-profit had written an open letter to the Supreme Court urging them not to direct any governments, local, state or central, to spend public money to purchase expensive smog towers. They believe these are completely useless in bringing down PM2.5 levels by any significant amount, and could even add to pollution when their filters are disposed of in our already overflowing landfills, and eventually burnt. Air pollution, specifically the more lethal PM2.5 particulate matter can only be controlled by eliminating emissions at all known sources. Any other way is bound to be inefficient, ineffective and unscientific, and can only buy time – but which we are paying with our breaths every day. The air we care about is the air we breathe5. Outdoor air purifiers are inadvisable. Such installations give citizens a false sense of complacency and assurance, making them feel they are getting healthier and have access to air of better quality. Such populist decisions make people feel that the government is doing something positive to solve this giant problem. At this point in a health emergency, we need much more than reassurance. We need action – and not just any action. We need strong action that yields the desired result: a real and significant reduction in PM2.5 levels5. Sign this petition demanding that no more money be allocated, or spent, on the installation of smog towers! Sources: 1. https://www.livemint.com/news/india/budget-delhi-targets-66-reduction-in-pollution-sets-aside-rs-30-cr-for-smog-towers-11584976973681.html 2. https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/delhi-gets-its-first-smog-tower-what-is-it-and-how-does-it-work-6200858/ 3. https://youtu.be/P1WKL8AJUw8 4. https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/to-tackle-pollution-smog-tower-to-come-up-in-delhi-6136680/ 5. https://thewire.in/environment/new-delhi-air-pollution-stubble-burning-supreme-court-industry-smog-towers-outdoor-air-purifiers
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  • सोलापूर शहरातील कचरा जाळण्याच्या घटनांना त्वरित आळा घाला.
    सोलापूर हे तुलनेने महाराष्ट्रीतील इतर शहरांपेक्षा लहान आणि कमी लोकसंख्येचे शहर आहे. त्यामुळे वाढत्या रहदारीमुळे आणि बांधकामाशी निगडित कामांमुळे होणारे प्रदूषण या शहरात कमी आहे, पण तरीही या शहराचा Air Quality Index अनेकवेळा १०० च्या वर असतो. स्थानिकांनी केलेल्या तक्रारीनंतर असे लक्षात आले कि सोलापूर शहरात घरगुती कचरा व्यवस्थापन जरी चांगले असले तरी झाडांचा पालापाचोळा (Garden Waste) सर्रास जाळला जातो. यामुळे शहरातील नागरिकांना धुराचा त्रास सहन करावा लागतो. झाडांचा पालापाचोळा जाळला जाताना बहुतेक वेळा त्याच्या आजूबाजूला असलेले प्लास्टिक, रबर अशा गोष्टी सुद्धा जाळल्या जातात. या जैविक आणि अजैविक कचऱ्याच्या मिश्रणातून विषारी धूर बाहेर पडतो. हा धूर श्वसनातून शरीरात गेल्यावर घातक ठरू शकतो. हा कचरा निवासी भागांच्या जवळ जाळला जात असल्याने धुराचा लहान बालके,आणि वयस्कर नागरिकांना त्रास होतो. सातत्याने कचरा जाळल्याने कमी प्रतिकारशक्ती असलेल्या लोकांना श्वसनाचे आजार बळावण्याची शक्यता असते. दम्याच्या रुग्णांना याचा सार्वधिक त्रास होऊ शकतो. साथीच्या आजारांमध्ये झपाट्याने वाढ होत असताना वयोवृद्ध तसेच रोगप्रतिकारशक्ती कमी असलेल्या नागरीकांना या आजारांची लागण होण्याची शक्यता अधिक असल्याची बाब समोर आली आहे. अशावेळी मानवी वस्तीच्या जवळ जाळला जाणारा हा कचरा घातक ठरू शकतो. सोलापूर महानगरपालिकेने या बाबीची त्वरित दखल घेऊन कारवाई करावी अशी आमची मागणी आहे. त्याचप्रमाणे कचरा जाळण्याच्या या घटनांना कायमचा आळा घालण्यासाठी कचरा व्यवस्थापनाच्या सुधारित कार्यपद्धती तयार कराव्यात.
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  • Prioritise protection against Coronavirus
    Bengalureans rich, poor, daily labourers, street vendors, startups - everybody is fighting hard to prevent the spread of Corona Virus But, our local government is busy doing selfish projects with an eye on the upcoming BBMP elections. They are using up the budget to do eyewash projects to win votes. Here in Koramangala, good roads are being tarred again. I do not want cosmetic improvement to my road. I want BBMP to protect us and my working brothers & sisters against Corona Virus. We demand that BBMP & corporators should focus on fighting the Corona Virus. BNP requests BBMP Commissioner & Bengaluru Corporators to confirm that you will do the following 1. Stop non-critical activities, ceremonies etc and focus on fighting Corona Virus. 2. 100% focus on our PM's priority-Virus education, prevention, income This is the basic minimum. Hopefully, you will do this & do more. Every true Indian, every party leader, Opposition leader, Prime minister, doctors, social workers are trying to prevent a Corona epidemic. Please show you care and do your duty to the citizens and the country. Yours gratefully, ಕೋರಮಂಗಲದ ನಿವಾಸಿಗಳು / Koramangala Citizens
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  • Protect Bannerghatta, protect Bengaluru!
    UPDATE: Despite formal public objections, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) has notified a 37% (100sq km)reduction of Bannerghatta ESZ towards Bangalore. This is the time to fight tooth and nail to preserve Bannerghatta National Park, democracy must prevail! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Functioning as one of the last-remaining oxygen banks and water sources available to Bangalore, Bannerghatta National Park is under threat from encroaching civilization. The Ecological Sensitive Zone (ESZ) is one that keeps a buffer between the park and the surrounding city, provides protection and a green cover for Bangalore. If the ESZ is so severely shortened, the vehicular traffic, air, and water pollution will put in danger the wildlife of the park as well as lead to more human-animal conflicts. These plans are threatening the safety of man and beast alike and will result in further destabilizing Bangalore temperatures. Succumbing to vested interests, the Yeddyurappa government has ignored the legal stay on maintaining the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) in the Bannerghatta National Park. The stay has been mandated by the Ministry of Forests but state-sanctioned projects are looking to diminish the green cover by as much as 100 km. Thousands of trees will be cut down, animal and human lives will be under threat from the lack of a sufficient barrier. If Bangalore wants to maintain it’s cool temperatures (which are already in decline) then we need to save Bannerghatta National Park. This is our chance to stop something that will affect the whole of Bangalore and everyone in it if we allow such projects to rise then the repercussions will be faced by everyone. Other states would also be encouraged to take upon development projects on a massive scale without accounting for what is best for its residents. Let us come together to demand a better Bangalore from the CM. We demand that this proposal be scrapped by the CM of Karnataka Yeddiyurappa and that he adhere to the PIL that promises the buffer zone to be untouched.
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  • Save Pruthvi's future.
    Hi, my name is Pruthvi and I live in sector 9 of Navi Mumbai with my parents. My parents just love me. They make sure I am happy and smiling all the time. After all, I am only 2 years old. Perks of being a baby in this era, right? But it is also somewhat inconvenient to be a baby in this era. My mom always covers my face while we cross the streets while visiting my Grandparents. She makes sure I don't have to inhale the toxic fumes coming out of cars and trucks. She always says “We will never take Taloja, Kharghar, Turbhe as there are big chimneys of big companies spewing out smoke.” I have seen an old man near my house who inhales smoke from a small white chimney called cigarette... and he is always coughing. I don't want to cough like him by inhaling smoke from those tall chimneys. That’s why I spend most of my time indoors. When I walk around in my house my mother makes sure the floor is clean. My parents want to take me out but they can't clean the air that I’ll breathe! My mom says the meaning of my name is Earth. She tells me stories of green trees, blue skies and clean waters and birds that are supposed to co-exist with us. I don't see them very often in Navi Mumbai and especially in sector 9. I don't want to spend most of my time in sector 9. I want to go out freely without a mask. Please sign the petition and ask Officer uncle Pravin Joshi and Minister uncle Aaditya Thackrey to save the future of thousands of Pruthvis like me. In hope, Pruthvi Note: This petition is written in the wake of an alarming rise in air pollution in Navi Mumbai[1], with the consent of Pruthvi’s parents. 1. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/navi-mumbai/kharghar-taloja-residents-to-protest-against-air-pollution-in-their-region-on-february-27/articleshow/74308021.cms
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  • Ask KRDCL to hold public consultation for Bangalore Surrounding Roads Project
    A group of citizens from Bengaluru met with the Managing Director of KRDCL, BS Shivkumar on 14 February 2020 to deliver the comments and suggestions from more than 10,000 citizens against the felling of the trees and demand for a public consultation for the 4 upcoming projects under KRDCL(1). We were informed that “If we start doing public consultations for everything, no projects will see the light of day.” (2). We are disheartened at the reaction. 8561 trees are proposed to be cut for a road-widening project, in order to decongest the tech corridor. Existing two-lane and four-lane roads will be converted into four-lane and six-lane ones on the stretch between Bannerghatta, Sarjapur, Mandur, Anekal and Whitefield. Some of these trees are over 80 years old and include peepal, banyan, tamarind and other species. This is what the project looks like in a nutshell: 1. 4 Projects 2. Estimate of 2000+ crore 3. Cost per km - 8.44 crore 4. Numbers of trees to be cut - 8561(according to official number, actual numbers may be higher) 5. Lack of Transparency - No Detailed Project Report available in the public domain 6. Number of public consultations done on the project - zero In just the past couple of years, we have seen a dramatic rise in air pollution in Bengaluru with construction dust, garbage burning and the rise in the number of private vehicles leading to more emissions. In the midst of this, the city's old trees are a natural buffer and their loss for development projects will lead to worsening impact of climate change, not to mention the human health effects. We are moving backwards -- destroying our green cover for a concrete jungle even as other countries realise the true meaning of development without sidelining the environment. We cannot let this happen. Ask KRDCL MD to hold the public consultation now! Sources 1. https://act.airalert.in/petitions/save-520-trees-from-being-axed-in-bengaluru 2. https://www.deccanherald.com/city/reconsider-decision-to-fell-trees-citizens-tell-krdcl-804854.html 3. http://www.esgindia.org/campaigns/bbmp/press/karnataka-government-must-freeze-mass-tr.html
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  • Clean up Nagpur’s polluted air.
    In 2018, WHO data revealed Nagpur as the most polluted city in Maharashtra. This is extremely concerning news, given that Nagpur comes after Mumbai and Pune in terms of size and population. Air pollution is a growing emergency in India and given that Nagpur has been touted as one of the SMART cities in Maharashtra, toxic air is a problem that needs urgent addressing. The WHO report was based on the annual average of Particulate Matter (PM) 10 and 2.5 levels. PM comprises tiny, hazardous particles in the air that are inhaled directly into the lungs. This can lead to serious respiratory illnesses like asthma, lung disorders and can also alter cognitive function. WHO's permissible limit for PM2.5 (annual) is 10 micrograms per cubic meter (mpcm). In Nagpur, however, the average levels were 84 mpcm, over eight times the limits. MPCB action plan released in November 2019 clearly states that RSPM or otherwise known as PM 2.5 particles are way above the safe limits at North Ambazari Road, Hingna road, and Sadar area. A primary source for pollution is thermal power plants around the city, as well as industrial and vehicular emissions. The need of the hour to have more air quality monitoring stations in the city, and for MPCB to implement the Nagpur Action Plan in its full form. This includes action in vehicle emissions, resuspensions (Green zones and Traffic issues), Road design improvement, trash burning, Industrial pollution and construction activities. Sign this campaign demanding clean, breathable air for all in Nagpur.
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  • Stop garbage burning in Nashik.
    Nashik is the first city in Maharashtra to get featured in the top 10 list of Swachh Survekshan 2020. Yet when it comes to Air Pollution,Nashik is still one of the most polluted ones. In fact on many days Nashik’s AQI is more than that of its neighbouring metro cities - Mumbai and Pune. For a brief period in January and February, Nashik's Air Quality Index (AQI) levels were way higher than in Mumbai and Pune. Though industries and vehicular emissions are major contributors to rising pollution, garbage burning has played a huge role too.. Citizens in private societies, parks, and even vendors regularly burn trash late at night or in the early morning. Smoke coming out of burning garbage is highly toxic and can cause respiratory illnesses and breathing problems. It is the responsibility of Maharashtra pollution control board (MPCB) to spread awareness about garbage burning and its health hazards. Also Nashik Municipal Corporation should make sure that a Ghanta gadi reaches every part of the city to collect garbage daily so that garbage burning incidents can be avoided. We demand strict action on offenders burning garbage choking our city. Sign this petition now, when we collectively build pressure, NMC will be forced to take action. नुकत्याच झालेल्या स्वछ सर्वेक्षण २०२० या स्पर्धेत नाशिक शहर पहिल्या १० शहरांमध्ये झळकले. तरीसुद्धा वायू प्रदूषणाच्या बाबतीत नाशिक सर्वात प्रदूषित शहरांमध्ये एक आहे. अनेक वेळा नाशिकचा Air Quality Index हा शेजारच्या मुंबई आणि पुणे या शहरांपेक्षा सुद्धा जास्त होता. शहराच्या या वाढत्या वायू प्रदूषणाला औद्योगिक परिसरातील प्रदूषण आणि शहरातील वाढते दळणवळण प्रामुख्याने जबाबदार असले तरी शहरात सर्रासपणे कचरा जाळला जाणाच्या घटना सुद्धा तितक्याच प्रमाणात प्रदूषणात भर घालत आहेत. शहरात खाजगी सदनिकांमध्ये, सार्वजनिक बागा, मंगल कार्यालये, दुकानदार आणि रस्त्याच्या कडेला दुकाने थाटणाऱ्या लोकांकडून कचरा जाळला जातो. अनेकवेळी या कचऱ्यात सेंद्रिय पालापाचोळ्यासोबत प्लास्टिकच्या पिशव्या आणि बाटल्या जाल्ल्या जातात, त्यामुळे यातुन निघणारा धूर सुद्धा तितकाच घातक असतो. त्यामुळे नागरिकांना श्वसनाचे त्रास होऊ शकतात. कचरा जाळला जाण्याच्या या घटनांविरुद्ध आणि त्यातून आरोग्याला होऊ शकणाऱ्या हानीबद्दल जनजागृती करणे ही महाराष्ट्र प्रदूषण नियंत्रण मंडळाची जबाबदारी आहे. तसेच नाशिक महानगर पालिकेने सुद्धा घंटागाडी दररोज शहराच्या सगळ्या भागांमध्ये पोहोचून तिथला कचरा उचलला जाईल याची खात्री करणे आवश्यक आहे, जेणेकरून कचरा जाळला जाण्याच्या या घटनांना आळा घालता येऊ शकेल. कचरा जाळून शहरातील प्रदूषणात भर घालणाऱ्या लोकांविरुद्ध सक्त कारवाई व्हावी अशी आमची मागणी आहे. या याचिकेला मोठ्या संख्येने sign करून हातभार लावून MPCB आणि NMC ला कारवाई करण्याची मागणी करा.
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  • Stop Garbage Burning in Pune.
    Pune is one of the few cities in India whose civic agency has a dedicated department for waste management. Despite this “organised” approach, burning of garbage is rampant in the city, especially in the outskirts of the city from Pashan Lake to Hinjewadi, from Sinhgad road to Dhayari, from Kharadi to Pisoli citizens are facing the breathing problems due to prevalent Garbage burning.[1][2][3][4] Besides the mess it creates, the fumes that emanate from such reckless burning are toxic and cause serious respiratory ailments like asthma. Garbage burning is also a leading cause of air pollution. It doesn’t help that in the past few years with rapid urbanization, an increase in the number of vehicles and construction activities, Pune’s air quality has dipped severely affecting the health of residents. There have been constant complaints by citizens on social media platforms. But the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has failed to curb the Garbage Burning problem completely. While there is a national movement happening in the nation on air pollution, we can’t sit idle while our kids breathe the toxic fumes. We demand strict action on offenders burning garbage choking our city. Sign this petition now and we’ll take this up with PMC and PCMC. We’re also building a new database of photos as evidence, so the next time you spot reckless burning in your area, send a WhatsApp message with the photo and the location on 8884983333. If you are reading this on mobile you can simply click here to send us the photos https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=918884983333 घनकचरा व्यवस्थापनामध्ये सातत्याने चांगली कामगिरी करणाऱ्या शहरांमध्ये पुण्याचं नाव नेहमी घेतलं जातं. पण कचरा जाळण्याच्या प्रकाराला प्रशासनाला अनेक ठिकाणी आजही आळा घालता आलेला नाही. पाषाण ते हिंजेवाडी, सिंहगड रोड ते धायरी, खराडी ते पिसोळी असा सगळीकडेच नागरिकांना धूर आणि धुरक्यामुळे श्वसनाचा त्रास सहन करावा लागत आहे.[1][2][3][4] कचरा जाळल्यामुळे तयार होणाऱ्या धुरामुळे श्वसनाच्या आजारणसोबतच दम्याचे प्रमाण वाढत आहे. आणि आधीच वाढत्या शहरीकरणामुळे वाढलेल्या वाहनांच्या आणि बांधकामाच्या प्रदूषणात कचरा जाळण्याच्या प्रकारातून अधिक भर पडत आहे. यामुळे पुण्याच्या हवेची गुणवत्ता सातत्याने खालावत आहे. या सर्वांचा नागरिकांच्या आरोग्यावर दुष्परिणाम होताना आढळून येत आहे. Social Media मधून या प्रकारबद्दल नागरिकांच्या अनेक तक्रारी येऊन सुद्धा पुणे महानगरपालिका आणि पिंपरी महानगरपालिका कचरा जाळण्याच्या प्रकाराला आळा घालण्यात अपयशी ठरले आहे. वायू प्रदूषणाविरोधात देशभरात चळवळ आहे, अशावेळी आपल्या मुलांच्या आरोग्याकडे दुर्लक्ष करून चालणार नाही. कचरा जाळून शहराचे आरोग्य धोक्यात टाकणाऱ्यांविरुद्ध कठोर कारवाई व्हावी हि आमची विनंती आहे. ह्या याचिकेवर Sign करून आमच्या मोहिमेला बळकटी द्या. आपल्या सहभागातून आम्ही नागरिकांच्या आरोग्याशी निगडित या विषयाकडे पुणे महानगर पालिका आणि पिंपरी चिंचवड महानगर पालिकेचे लक्ष वेधू शकतो. आम्ही कचरा जाळण्याच्या या घटना नेमक्या कुठे आणि किती प्रमाणात होत आहेत हे समजण्यासाठी एक Database बनवत आहोत. तेव्हा तुम्हाला कुठे कचरा जळताना दिसला तर आम्हाला त्याचा फोटो या नंबर वर Whatsapp करा - 8884983333 तुम्ही हे मोबाइलवर वाचत असाल तर ह्या लिंकवर क्लिक करून आम्हाला Whatsapp करू शकता https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=918884983333 Sources. 1. https://twitter.com/joshi1694aditya/status/1218908457434136577 2. https://twitter.com/shekharbhawsar/status/1216000245412163585 3. https://twitter.com/naveenkumarjh16/status/1215616733882523652 4. https://twitter.com/sangu0303/status/1214141168486928387
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  • We need a pollution-free Mumbai #SaafShwaas24Taas
    Did you think air pollution was not a concern in Mumbai? Or not as much as in other northern cities in India? Think again. A Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study has revealed that Mumbai’s air has the highest concentration of PM 10 (particulate matter) among 24 cities in peninsular India. Particulate matter enters the respiratory system and causes serious illnesses like asthma, bronchitis and lung disorders. It also affects cognitive behaviour and children, elderly and pregnant women are the most vulnerable to the impact of air pollution. Mumbaikars have routinely woken up to a blanket of smog in the past couple of months. In December, the air quality index also crossed the levels in Gurugram. Areas like Bandra-Kurla Complex have been among the most polluted with the AQI hovering above 300. A mix of emissions from waste burning and industrial belts, construction dust, poorly planned transport systems and road congestion have all led to a spike in pollution levels. So far, both citizens as well as government officials have been indifferent to issues of air pollution believing in the city's coastal advantage -- that the sea breeze helps keep the air clean. We can no longer afford to be this negligent. In addition, Maharashtra is the most polluted state in the country, with 18 cities on its list. Air pollution is a serious health hazard and with increasing traffic, construction and industrialisation, we cannot afford to wait till it's an emergency. The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) needs to be implemented in Maharashtra on an urgent basis. Our CM Uddhav Thackeray has shown concern towards environmental issues like Aarey by halting Metro car shed work. We need to push him to have a time-bound plan to curb air pollution, so Mumbaikars can breath #SaafShwas24Taas. Sign this petition urging the CM Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to clean up Mumbai's air. Source https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/mumbai-needs-to-walk-an-extra-mile-to-curb-air-pollution/story-oiBvaJ6qtiqmxTBDV3P3NK.html
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  • Stop the burning of plastic on the banks of the Vrushabhavati
    Clean Air Should Be Recognized As A Human Right. Air pollution clearly violates the rights to life and health, the rights of the child, and the right to live in a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment
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  • Mula Mutha river needs Sewage Treatment Plants urgently!
    The Mula Mutha river cleaning project in Pune has been pending for more than 50 years. Environment Minister Mr Prakash Javadekar has highlighted the urgency of this project in his press conferences. Loan of 990 crores was sanctioned and the project was kickstarted in January 2016. The most important components of the river cleaning project are 11 proposed Sewage Treatment Plants. Yet four years later, Pune Municipal Corporation hasn’t started the construction of a single STP. Heavy amount of untreated sewage and excreta is mixed with river water every day. A Joint study by Indian and Australian researchers found that heavy microbial load on the river has created the bacteria in river water which are resistant to present antibiotics. This means Mula Mutha River has become a serious health hazard for the city. The study emphasized the urgent need for STPs, while PMC has remained negligent. We demand that PMC should prioritize the STP work and start the construction of STP on in the next few months. Timeline of events occurred after the announcement of the Mula Mutha river cleaning project. Jan 2016 Environment Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar announced the funding of 990 crores for Mula Mutha Clean up. He called it Centre’s Gift to Pune City. Jan 2016 Puneites in deep water: Alarming rise in fecal coliform in city rivers worrisome [1] Apr 2017 Pune’s untreated Sewage reached Solapur. [2] Jul 2017 Environment Status Report 2017 raises alarm over noise, air and river pollution Jul 2017 After one and a half years, PMC unable to start the project. Jan 2018 A joint study by Indian-Australian researchers found bacteria resistant to all antibiotics in Mula Mutha.[3] Apr 2018 Mula-Mutha is included in most polluted rivers list in India. Jul 2018 Environment Status Report 2018 states that Pollution in Mula Mutha is all-time high Jul 2018 National Green Tribunal asks civic bodies for immediate action on the river pollution. Mar 2019 Regatta – COEP’s flagship event face river pollution threat. Jun 2019 Excreta in Mula Mutha reaches three times the safe limit.[4] Jul 2019 Blame game in PMC and revenue department over land allocation for STPs. Aug 2019 Construction of 11 STPs hangs in balance over-inflated proposals.[5] मुळा मुठेच्या स्वच्छता प्रकल्पाचा प्रश्न ५० हुन अधिक वर्षे प्रलंबित आहे. केंद्रीय पर्यावरण मंत्री प्रकाश जावडेकर यांनी त्यांच्या पत्रकार परिषदांमधून ह्या प्रकल्पाच्या त्वरित पूर्णत्वाची निकड अनेक वेळा बोलून दाखवली आहे. यासाठी ९९० करोड रुपयांचे कर्ज जानेवारी २०१६ मध्येच मंजूर झाले होते. ह्या प्रकल्पातील ११ मलशुद्धीकरण केंद्रे या प्रकल्पातील प्रमुख घटक आहेत. पण आज चार वर्षे उलटून गेल्यांनतरही पुणे महानगरपालिकेने अजून एकाही मलशुद्धीकरण केंद्राचे बांधकाम सुरु केलेले नाही. आजही मोठ्या प्रमाणात सांडपाणी आणि मल मुळा मुठेच्या पाण्यात मिसळत आहे. भारतीय आणि ऑस्ट्रेलियन संशोधकांनी केलेल्या संशोधनात नदीच्या पाण्यावर मोठ्या प्रमाणात सूक्ष्मजीवांच्या प्रजातींचा भार पडत असल्याचे लक्षात आले आहे. या संशोधनातील निष्कर्षानुसार मुळा मुठा नदीच्या पाण्यातील धोकादायक सूक्ष्मजंतू हे कोणत्याही प्रजैविकांनाही (Anti-Biotics) दाद देत नाहीत असे दिसून आले आहे. त्यामुळे त्यांच्यापासून होणाऱ्या आजारांवर कोणतेही औषध उपयोगी पडणार नाही. सर्व पुणेकर नागरिकांच्या दृष्टीने हि अत्यंत गंभीर बाब आहे आणि यावर त्वरित कृती होण्याची आवश्यकता आहे. या अभ्यासातील निष्कर्षातून संशोधकांनी मलशुद्धीकरण केंद्राच्या त्वरित उभारणीची निकड जानेवारी २०१८ मध्येच निदर्शनास आणून दिली होती. पण पुणे महानगर पालिका मात्र अजूनही या मुद्द्यावर उदासीन दिसून येत आहे. पुणे महानगरपालिकेने मलशुद्धीकरण केंद्राच्या कामाला प्राधान्य देऊन सर्व ११ मलशुद्धीकरण केंद्रांच्या बांधकामाला त्वरित सुरवात करावी ही आमची मागणी आहे. जानेवारी २०१६ पर्यावरण मंत्री प्रकाश जावडेकर यांनी मुळा मुठा शुद्धीकरण प्रकल्पासाठी ९९० करोड रुपयांच्या प्रकल्पाची घोषणा केली. त्यांनी या प्रकल्पाचा "केंद्राकडून पुणे शहराला भेट" असा उल्लेख केला. जानेवारी २०१६ मुला मुठेच्या पाण्यात Fecal Coliform नावाच्या विषाणूंच्या संख्येत चिंताजनक वाढ. [1] एप्रिल २०१७ पुण्याचे सांडपाणी सोलापूरला पोहोचले. सोलापूरला दूषित पाण्याचा पुरवठा. [2] जुलै २०१७ २०१७ सालच्या Environment Status Report हवेच्या आणि नदी प्रदूषणाबाबत चिंता व्यक्त केली. जुलै २०१७ दीड वर्ष उलटूनही नदी शुद्धीकरण प्रकल्पाला मुहूर्त सापडेना. जानेवारी २०१८ भारतीय आणि ऑस्ट्रलियन संशोधकांच्या संशोधनातील निष्कर्षानुसार मुळा मुठा नदीच्या पाण्यातील धोकादायक सूक्ष्मजंतू हे कोणत्याही प्रजैविकांनाही (Anti-Biotics) दाद देत नाहीत असे दिसून आले. [3] एप्रिल २०१८ मुळा मुठा नदीचा देशातील सर्वाधिक दूषित नद्यांमध्ये समावेश. जुलै २०१८ Environment Status Report च्या पाहणीत मुळा मुठेचे प्रदूषणात विक्रमी वाढ झाल्याचे दिसून आले. जुलै २०१८ राष्ट्रीय हरित लवादाने नदी प्रदूषणावर त्वरित कृती करण्याचे आदेश महापालिकेला दिले. मार्च २०१९ COEP च्या रेगाटा कार्यक्रमावर नदी प्रदूषणाचे सावट. जून २०१९ मुळा मुठेच्या पाण्यातील मल सुरक्षित मर्यादेच्या तिप्पट वाढले. [4] जुलै २०१९ मल शुद्धीकरण केंद्राच्या भूमीअधिग्रहणावरून पालिका आणि महसूल विभागाचे एकमेकांवर दोषारोप. जुलै २०१९ अतिवाढीव रकमांच्या प्रस्तावांमुळे मल शुद्धीकरण केंद्रांचे काम टांगणीला.[5] Sources: 1 . https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/puneites-in-deep-water-alarming-rise-in-fecal-coliform-in-city-rivers-worrisome/ 2. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Punes-sewage-in-water-of-Solapur/articleshow/51859651.cms 3. https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/cover-story/diseases-caused-by-mula-mutha-are-untreatable/articleshow/62449938.cms 4. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/excreta-in-mula-mutha-three-times-above-safe-limit-mpcb/story-f1IOlpTOAtKYJakNIV6LQK.html 5. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/construction-of-11-new-stps-hangs-in-balance/articleshow/70612216.cms
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