Environmental Concerns: Garbage Disposal and Rubble Blockage Plague Alandi Road Nala in Pune

Vishrantwadi, June 27, 2023: The rampant dumping of garbage and the disposal of concrete rubble into a polluted nala (drain) have raised significant environmental concerns in the Alandi Road area of Pune. Located near Mhaske vasti, the natural rainwater drain has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and microbes due to the constant influx of polluted sewer water, emitting a foul stench.

The degradation of the chamber between the drain pipe and sewer line has led to the open discharge of contaminated water, affecting a 1.5 km stretch of the nala. In May, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) initiated an extensive cleaning and widening operation for the drain. However, the situation remains critical due to the continuous flow of polluted sewer water.

The bridge located on the eastern side of the nala features four underpasses, but only two of them are currently functional. The other two underpasses have become blocked as a result of indiscriminate dumping of concrete rubble. On the western culvert side, local residents have been using it as a dumping ground for garbage, further obstructing the natural flow of the stream. During the monsoon season, the bridge frequently gets submerged, causing severe traffic disruptions that can last for hours.

Addressing these issues requires immediate action, including repairing the sewer leak to restore the damaged chamber. Moreover, installing high-rising link wire mesh frames on both culverts is essential to prevent further garbage disposal and blockages.

Local authorities and civic bodies need to prioritize the resolution of this environmental threat. Ensuring the proper functioning of the nala and implementing effective measures to prevent pollution and blockages are crucial for the well-being of the community and the preservation of the local ecosystem.

Residents and environmental activists are urging the PMC to give top priority to the restoration of the nala and the implementation of robust waste management strategies. These steps are necessary to safeguard the environment and ensure the uninterrupted flow of water, especially during the upcoming monsoon season.

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