A PIL has been filed by Advocate Shehzad Naqvi for an NGO – Citizen Circle for Social Welfare and Education, before Bombay High court on the pollution in the Mithi River which runs through the heart of the city. The PIL came up for hearing on September 2 today before the bench headed by the Chief Justice Manjula Chellur.
Naqvi, submitted to the Court that the PIL deals with the issue of pollution of Mumbai’s water bodies on account of the negligence of the BMC, which is having a severe impact on the entire eco-system and is also resulting in flooding during Mansoon, as has been witnessed on Tuesday, when Mumbai City came to a halt due to flooding. He also showed photographs of the ‘Mithi River’, in which sewage is discharged from the vicinity of the Slums and industrial units situated in the vicinity of the Mithi River.
Photographs of large drainage pipes discharging sewage right at the Coast Line were also shown. The Advocate for the BMC, informed the Court that the Supreme Court has dealt with the issue of cleaning of the Mithi River, but the Chief Justice remarked that the present PIL deals with a much broader issue which is discharge of untreated sewage into the Mithi River and in the Arabian Sea. The Court has passed an order directing the State, BMC and the Maharashtra State Pollution Board to file their Affidavit-in-Reply, to the Petitioner’s contentions.