Navi Mumbaikars can think several times before drinking the water supplied to them by NMMC because the drains of three villages flow directly into the water collected at Morbe dam, which supplies water to the satellite city. It’s not just the drains of three villages but common toilets are also located along the periphery of the water-supplying lake formed by the Morbe dam. District officials inform that villagers and occasional picnickers also bathe and wash clothes in the lake. At least four crematoriums are also seen there. Officials in Raigad district, where the dam is located, said that when the Morbe dam was being built by Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP), villagers affected by the project were resettled along the periphery of the lake. This seems to be one of the biggest mistakes as now the drain-water of these villages flows directly into the dam’s backwater. When the state government was informed about the pollution by the media, the environment dept. assured that MPCB would investigate the matter. NMMC administration says that unless they pay Rs 160 crore to MJP, only then can they do something about this. The administration however claims that water from the lake is anyway purified before it reaches users in Navi Mumbai. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.
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