Currently, the current situation of replacing the old structure with concrete pipes is getting no headway in Ghorpadi and Wanowrie areas, after the chief executive officer (CEO), D N Yadav, announced non-availability of land. He said, “It is difficult to get space in the area as it is prime defence A1 land in the area, which is not feasible for STP.“
Yadav does not want to count “previous attempts“ at linking facilities and looks forward to a fresh start even as the PCB owes the civic body a sum of Rs 10 crore for using its water facilities.
“I do not think that our pending charges would be the reason for the PMC to deny our proposal. I am optimistic about our efforts this time,“ he said. About previous attempts, chief executive en gineer V G Kulkarni said that they couldn’t materialise as the PCB did not follow up with the proposals. “This time, if it all we are going to link the system to the STPs, we will have to decide on rates and other technical feasibilities.“
For all these years, the sewage pipeline is connected to the Bhairoba Nala, which evacuates in the Mula-Mutha river, thereby polluting the river.Several ecological problems like eutrophication -increase in concentration of chemical elements required for life -have resulted out of unprecedented dumping. The nitrates, phosphates, and organic matter found in human waste, serve as a food for algae and bacteria. This causes these organisms to overpopulate to a point where they use up most of the dissolved oxygen that is naturally found in water, making it difficult for other organisms in this aquatic environment to live.
Residents have time and again complained about issues with the old system that have hampered their day-to-day activities. Vaishnavi Shinde, a resident of Wanowrie, said, “Old sewage pipe lines often choke up. Then, we have to call PCB staff for repairs. There are times when these pipes are repeatedly clogged much to our irritation. This needs a permanent solution.“
Source : Mirror