Garbage in Water Drains Polluting Mumbai Coastline: BMC
In an affidavit filed before a division bench of justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said, "There are 107 stormwater drain outfalls which drain into the Arabian sea directly. In suburbs and extended suburbs, open storm water drains are constructed on both sides of the road. The flow from such open drains is discharged into nullahs, creeks or the sea."
The BMC affidavit was filed in response to a public interest litigation by a city NGO seeking direction to authorities to frame guidelines on disposal of garbage and debris and their discharge into the Arabian Sea.
The petition by 'Citizens Circle for Social Welfare and Education' relied on a recent incident when nine tonnes of debris and garbage were spewed by the sea along the Marine Drive promenade in south Mumbai during a high tide.
The affidavit said the BMC was carrying out desilting of all rivers, nullahs and roadside drain in the metropolis so as to help minimize the impact of garbage and solid waste on pollution of water bodies and the coastline.
The division bench posted the PIL for further hearing on August 27, by when the state environment department would also have to file its affidavit on the issue.
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