Dogs close Navi Mumbai’s Taloja industrial are turning blue, but why? The untreated industrial wastes being released into the Kasadi River may be the reason. As the stray dogs frequently swim in the river in search of food, the water is coloring their hair to a bright blue shade. The Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell took the photos of a dog whose hair had been dyed blue on Wednesday.
The group, on the other hand, filed a complaint with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) on Thursday, saying that the animals in the area were enduring because colors were being released easily into the river by industrial units. Near about 1,000 pharmaceutical, food and engineering factories exist in that area. The resident of Navi Mumbai who runs the animal protection cell, Arati Chauhan, said, “It was shocking to see how the dog’s white fur had turned completely blue. We have spotted almost five such dogs here and have asked the pollution control board to act against such industries.”
Adding to it, the dirtied water is also going to affect human health as well. The fishermen, however, in August 2016, were worried about the fact that the polluted water was having an effect on the stock of fish. They also picked samples from the release of the normal waste matter treatment plant, which 300 industrial units use to refresh their waste. In a water quality test at the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, they found the water treatment was scarce. The levels of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) – the study of oxygen required to manage aquatic life was 80 milligram for every litre (mg/L). The stages of chloride (harmful toxic), wildlife and aquatic life, were high too.
The normal fish usually die when the BOD level is above 6 mg/L as per the Central Pollution Control Board guidelines. When it levels over the 3 mg/L, the water becomes unhealthy for human use. The Hindustan Times (HT) had reported that untreated industrial waste was drawn out of the plant had brought pollution levels in the Kasadi River to 13 times of the safe limit. The member of a local fishing community who had conducted the study last year, Yogesh Pagade, said that “After numerous complaints to MPCB over the years, only the stench at Kasadi has reduced. However, the pollution levels continue to be extremely high and dissolved oxygen is negligible”.
“Allowing the discharge of dye into any water body is illegal. We will take action against the polluters as they are destroying the environment. We have directed our sub-regional officer to investigate,” said Anil Mohekar, regional officer, MPCB, Navi Mumbai. The animal rights activists, on the other hand, questioned in case the move comes too late. Chauhan said that “We have only spotted blue dogs so far. We do not know if birds, reptiles, and other creatures are affected or if they have even died owing to the dye discharged into the air.”