Untreated industrial waste when dumped in rivers and water bodies pollute the surroundings and we all know that they have very harmful and adverse effects on the lives of animals and people around them. In Navi Mumbai’s Taloja industrial area untreated industrial waste are being released into the Kasadi River which is turning the stray dogs blue. The reason due to which their coat of fur turns blue is the polluted river water. Stray dogs often wade into the river for food; therefore the industrial waste may be dyeing their fur a bright blue. Reportedly, a water quality test at Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation found that the waste treatment was inadequate and the industrial waste was not properly treated. The biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) levels was 80 milligram a litre (mg/L). Chloride levels which are toxic and harmful for vegetation and aquatic life and wildlife were also found to be pretty high.

The Navi Mumbai Industrial area has around 1,000 pharmaceutical, food and engineering factories located nearby. The polluted water will also most likely affect human health. According to the Central Pollution Control Board guidelines, if BOD levels are found to be above 6 mg/L fish die. Levels abover 3 mg/L make the water unfit for human consumption. According to a report published in HT the untreated industrial waste dumped in the Kasadi river has raised the pollution levels up to 13 times the safe limit. Chapati, the stray dog adopted by a Ukranian couple has an Instagram account and is travelling the world!

According to reports Yogesh Pagade a member of the local fishing community that conducted a study last year said, “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.” The Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell took pictures of stray dogs on Wednesday whose fur had been dyed blue. The group filed a complaint with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) on Thursday stating that the animals in the area were suffering since untreated dyes were being released directly into the river by industries and factories. Pack of Stray Dogs Guard Abandoned Six-Month-Old Baby Girl At Howrah Station For Hours Till The Time Help Came

MPCB officials reportedly said that they have taken matters into consideration and will be taking action against the polluters. We hope that swift action should be taken so that this does not pose a health risk and becomes a perilous issue.

(Article Edited By – Vandana Srivastawa)