PUNE: Residents of Hinjawadi are irked as there is no common sewage treatment plant (STP) and sewage line provided by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). The residents are expressing their concern through Twitter and a petition has been been filed at change.org about the same.
There are several societies in Hinjawadi that have their own STPs, which had been provided by the builder. But the capacity of these STPs is inadequate to process sewage water and waste, due to which the water spills and gets mixed into Mula river.
Anshul Gupta, a resident of Megapolis township and member of Liveable Hinjawadi group, told Sakal Times, “Our only need is a common STP, because builders have not provided us STPs in our societies which can process all households. Sometimes, the maintenance is not done properly because of which the STP stops processing sewage water. This leads to water blockage, due to which our toilets stink.”
Gupta further said, “Several women and children have got urinal infections due to it. We have posted it on Twitter and made an online petition on change.org so that the administration wakes up.”
Anirban Chakraborty, another resident of Megapolis, said, “We are not getting any help from the civic authority. We are paying lakh as maintenance and still we are not getting anything in return. “
Ravindra Sinha of Hinjawadi IT Park Residents Welfare Association (HIRWA) said, “There are several problems related to the STP issue. Firstly, there are STPs installed in societies by the builders, but they are not able to process the sewage water and the sludge is either flown out or penetrates into the groundwater. Secondly the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has no mechanism to measure the STP capacity. In some societies, builders have not installed STPs and the waste directly meets Mutha river and PMRDA is giving permissions to build societies without keeping a check on it.”
Sinha added, “There are 100 more societies coming up in this area and residents will face the same problem. The gram panchayat does not have the capability to handle the growing population, so they cannot be blamed. We are going to meet Saurabh Rao, Municipal Commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation, to discuss the issue, besides water supply, garbage maintenance, limited infrastructure and safety and security issues.”
Sudhir Nagesh, Executive Engineer of MIDC, said, “There is a common STP at Hinjawadi Phase 1 for industries and societies. If residents of other areas have problems, they should go to Maharashtra Pollution State Control Board (MPCB). If they direct us, we will built a common STP. However, the team of Liveable Hinjawadi is going to have a discussion with me on April 27 and we will find a solution to the problem.”