Pimpri Chinchwad: Corporators have blamed the civic environment department for releasing untreated domestic and industrial effluents into Pavana and Indrayani rivers.
They said a few sewage treatment plants (STP) are malfunctioning due to which untreated effluents are being released. Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, in its environment status report, said around 40MLD (million litres per day) sewage water is not treated.
In a discussion at the general body meeting earlier this month, corporators Rahul Jadhav and Dattatray Sane had said the Indrayani river’s pollution has forced people in the temple town of Alandi to drink dirty water. There are some areas in Pimpri, particularly Chikhli, Kudalwadi and Jadhavwadi where untreated domestic and industrial effluents are released in canals, which then join the Indrayani river. The environment department has even found clothes and bags being washed in it.
Municipal sources say in some areas, household sewage lines are not connected to the main drainage lines that join the STPs. The other agents polluting the rivers include ash from crematoriums and garbage.
PCMC has now proposed to construct a Common Effluent Treatment Plant for small and medium industries with the assistance of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, MIDC, and Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture. A detailed project report is being prepared and a special purpose vehicle will be formed.