Navi Mumbai: Taloja Manufacturers' Association alleges SPCA painted dog blue to malign them

Updated: Nov 24, 2017, 17:05 IST | Faisal Tandel

The Taloja Manufacturers' Association claims the SPCA has prepared a report saying the dog had been painted so to target industries in MIDC

The Taloja Manufacturers' Association has written to the Prime Minister and Chief Minister, allegedly stating that the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has prepared a report regarding the 'blue' dog seen in Navi Mumbai, saying it had not turned the colour due to a chemical, but had been painted so to target the industries based in MIDC.

The stray dog's picture went viral on social media.
The stray dog's picture went viral on social media.

In August, the picture of a blue stray dog went viral on social media. mid-day had also reported this, 'Dogs in Navi Mumbai are turning blue and pollution is the reason for it'. It was found that untreated industrial waste from different industries in Taloja that was released into the Kasadi river had turned the stray dog blue. The letter given recently by TMA allegedly stated that a company that had littered detergent powder on the road during transportation, turning a white stray dog blue in the vicinity, was cleared in a report by the Thane SPCA.

A member of TMA said, "It was reported that few miscreant transporters have illegally taken up places in our industrial area, which has been informed to the police. Also, few tankers with toxic acids were detained by us, as they were releasing chemicals in the nullah illegally. These would reach Kasardi Naka polluting the water and air with a rotten smell. The pollution is mainly because of these unauthorised chemical tankers being unloaded in Taloja MIDC." The Taloja industrial belt is one of the oldest industrial areas acquired in 1966, and the first industry was established there in 1972. There are around 936 industries in an area occupying 900 hectares of land employing 3 lakh people.

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Shyamsundar Karkun, a senior member of TMA said, "We have given a letter to the ministries asking them to look into the matter. The norms say that no development should come up in a 10 km radius of an industrial area, but at present almost 500 to 600 metres away there is development." Shankuntala Majumdar, President of SPCA was unavailable for comment. A member of SPCA, Thane said that the dog that had turned blue was treated at SPCA for few days and then adopted.


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