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Maharashtra: Taloja industries join fishermen to protest Kasadi river pollution April 07,2016   |  Source: The Times of India

In a rare gesture of solidarity, Taloja Industries Association has joined the fishing community to protest the release of untreated waste from the common effluent treatment plant (CETP) in Taloja, which is polluting Kasadi river. Honorary president of the association, Satish Shetty, on Wednesday, complained that the CETP is not operating the machines 24x7 for proper treatment of the waste. "Irrespective of water availability, they are trying to save on electricity bill," he said. Toxic chemical effluents from CETP in Taloja are polluting the Kasadi river, which flows from Taloja to Belapur creek via Kalamboli and Kharghar, said fisherman, Yogesh Pagade, who has been pursuing the issue for a decade. The river, once a rich depository of marine life, with several varieties of crab and fish, has become polluted at several spots. The stretch near police headquarter in Kalamboli, several sectors of Kharghar and the portion flowing between Khaghar and Mansarovar railway stations have been badly affected, said locals.

MPCB held a meeting in February and issued notice to the CETP, stating it was not complying to environment norms , said Shetty. "The CETP asked for time till March-end to operate the plant properly but that deadline is now over," he added. A CETP official said that they

 

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