Chandivali residents get together to protest against severe industrial pollution in their vicinity.
Chandivali, Mumbai 02/10/2017: While Gandhi Jayanti was being celebrated as Swachhata Divas across the country, hundreds of women, men, children & senior citizens of Chandivali (a suburb in central Mumbai) came together to register their protest against severe industrial pollution, impacting about 400,000 residents of the area.
Over the last several years, air pollution in the mega Chandivali & Powai area has assumed alarming proportion, on account of 120-150 polluting industries. The chemical gas / smoke from these un-authorized industrial units have been causing severe health challenges, especially to infants, children & senior-citizens, leading to acute breathing problems, and persistent lung congestion, to name a few. Despite numerous representations and correspondence with the concerned authorities (Maharashtra Pollution Control Board) from 2011 onwards, no concrete action has been forthcoming.
Due to the authorities’ lackadaisical approach and utter disregard for providing a healthy and pollution free environment, the residents have decided not to be a mute spectator any longer. Conscientious residents of Chandivali, came together today to protest against this menace.
Speaking on the occasion, a member of group Swachh Chandivali said, “After taking up the matter with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and not finding any solution there, we have now written to the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, requesting his intervention on this really grave issue of industrial pollution, affecting the health of the residents of our area.”
Another team member added that a Public Interest Litigation will also be filed by the residents. “We are confident that we will find justice and our voices will be heard in the court of justice,” the member of Swachh Chandivali movement said.
The march commenced from the gates of Nahar International School at 9:00 AM and ended at 10:30 AM. The march saw some very creative posters and banners by the children. ‘We want a swachh Chandivali’, ‘stop industrial pollution’, ‘let’s make a clean and green India’, were some of the messages that resonated through these posters. The children’s awareness about the cause and their enthusiasm to walk in the 2 km march can be an inspiration to many.
The residents who walked in the silent march are of the reckoning that together they will be able to make their neighbourhood a much cleaner locality and the air, less polluted and chemical-ridden.