Green brigade says Civic Body flouting HC order

Environmentalists say PMC channelising nulla near Mutha in spite of HC directive to stop constructions on all riverbeds

Environmentalists once again raise an issue about the civic body flouting the court order at Mutha river in Kharadi village. PMC is building a wall channelising the nulla and laying down sewage pipelines. This is being done in spite of the high court order to stall all constructions around riverbeds, say eco activists in the city.

At it again? Construction work takes place in the nulla near Mutha river.
Pic/Krunal Gosavi

The HC has maintained a status quo on its earlier order about halting all constructions near any river or nullas in the city. The order was passed after Jal Biradari, an NGO, filed a writ petition in the court objecting to the channelising of Dev Nadi in Baner.

Earlier, the court had objected to the PMC's work on the storm water drainage lines along the Mutha River and stalled all constructions on the riverbeds.

Third incident
Some environmentalists earlier had also objected to some road works near Mutha River near Viththal Wadi off the Sinhagad Road and now this is the third incident pointed out by nature lovers in the city. Vaibhav Gandhi, social activist and an environmentalist who visited the spot, said that they have captured video footages of the PMC carrying out excavation near the nulla.

"PMC cannot conduct any work on the riverbeds as it is blatant violation of the HC  order, he added."
Narendra Chug, another nature lover who objected the PMC construction said that the civic body should wait and honour the court order.

"The channelisation of the nulla is being made under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and there is no proper coordination between the PMC and JNNURM works," he said.

MoEF experts to visit rivers in city
As per demands made by environmentalist to the HC, MoEF experts will visit Pune on Thursday. The issue of channelising Dev Nadi at Baner would be discussed with the group of environmentalists and PMC officials. The experts shall also visit all the disputed spots near rivers in the city.

The other side
Ruling out the allegation, JNNURM head, Vinay Deshpande, said that the PMC was not channelising the nulla, but were constructing a bridge for an ongoing road. Mahesh Pathak, PMC Commissioner, also ruled out the charges saying that they were not doing anything against the HC order.

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