Pune: Sangvi Police Act on River Pollution Case: Five Residents Accused of Dumping Waste into Mula River

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Sangvi, 25th April 2024: A case of river pollution has surfaced in Pimpri Chinchwad, where five individuals were charged with dumping construction debris and garbage into the Mula River. The incident occurred on March 27th, 2024, at midnight, in the Mula River Basin of Pimple Nilakh. The case was registered on April 24th, 2024, nearly a month after the incident came to light.

Swapnil Manohar Patil, aged 38 and residing in Ajmera Colony, Pimpri, complained to the Sangvi Police Station. Sangvi Police have registered a case against five accused individuals, namely Haribhau Sathe, Dnyanoba Sathe, Amol Sathe, Lakshman Kamathe, and Subhash Kamathe, all residents of Pimple Nilakh.

According to police reports, on midnight of March 27th, 2024, the five accused were secretly disposing of construction debris, garbage, and waste into the Mula River in Pimple Nilakh. This further exacerbated the already existing pollution in the Mula River. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) had issued instructions to citizens to refrain from polluting rivers under their jurisdiction in any manner. However, the complaint alleges that this improper garbage disposal not only worsens pollution but also heightens the risk of future flooding.

In response, the Sangvi Police Station has registered a case against the five accused under IPC Sections 271 (disobedience to quarantine rule)and 277 (fouling water of public spring or reservoir), along with relevant sections of the Environment Protection Act, 1986. Police Sub Inspector Gavande from Sangvi Police Station is leading the investigation into this matter.