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CAG report pulls up BMC for releasing untreated sewage into sea

Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Prashant Hamine

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its annual report for 2016 has pulled up the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for leaving 49 percent of sewage outside its Sewage Collection System and letting it be released into the sea without being treated. The CAG made this scathing observation in its annual report on the Local Bodies for 2016, which was tabled in both the houses of the State Legislature yesterday.

The CAG in its report stated that Mumbai generates 2,146 MLD (million litres per day) of which, only 1,098 MLD sewage was being treated and remaining 1,048 MLD (49 per cent) sewage remained outside the BMCs sewage collection system. The uncollected sewage was being discharged into the sea, creeks and nullahs without any treatment. The report states that this untreated sewage combined with its poor treatment quality at four out of seven Waste Water Treatment Facility (WWTF), was polluting the sea water. This resulted in the Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) level of the sea, which had increased between 2011-13.

The CAG report further states that only 17 percent work of rehabilitation of old sewage lines was executed and no improvement took place in WWTFs. In its observations related to public toilets of the BMC, it said that the works executed did not meet the norms. Out of the total 477 work orders issued (between 2006 and 2015), 134 work orders were cancelled and 5,797 street toilets were constructed leaving a deficit of 20,195 toilet seats as on March 2016. The CAG report states that this defeated the objective of containing open defecation. The slow progress in construction of toilet blocks and connecting them to existing sewer lines resulted in the continued discharge of untreated sewage into open nullahs, creeks and into the sea.

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