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‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ says the sea and spews back 2,15,000kg trash back at Mumbai
19.07.18 - TEAM PT
‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ says the sea and spews back 2,15,000kg trash back at Mumbai



AS YOU DUMP, so you shall reap -- that seems to be the message for Mumbaikars after high tides pulled tonnes of soggy garbage out of the Arabian sea onto their city's coast last week.
 
The government has grand plans for Mumbai’s seafront: a marina for yachts on the eastern seaboard, floating restaurants off the southern tip, watersports off Marine Drive and much more. But one look at the putrid waters and you’ll want nothing to do with any of this.
 
This weekend, the Arabian Sea sent its annual reminder of the state of affairs by dumping trash and sewage on Mumbai’s shores. The BMC collected nearly 2,15,000kg of garbage from the beaches of Mumbai on Sunday, with Marine Drive itself accounting for 9,000kg of those.
 
In the past week, the civic body has collected more than 200 metric tonnes of garbage that washed ashore along the Marine Drive, which, officials say, is a record amount when compared to the previous years.

Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner of A Ward, told newspaper Mirror, "The amount of garbage spewed by the sea is much more than the volume of the previous years. Last year, 15 workers were enough to clean and remove the garbage that littered the Marine Drive. This time, we had to press more 55 labourers in action. These workers are working continuously to clear the wastes that have been brought by the high tides.”
 
Despite multiple clean-up drives undertaken by concerned citizens, Mumbai's waste problem continues to afflict its beaches. It has been exacerbated by the flow of untreated sewage into the Arabian Sea. Dumping of plastic trash in the sea has become a killer for aquatic life and is also affecting the marine food chain.
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No wonder then that a 2017 study by Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany found the sea off Mumbai to be the most polluted in the world.
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Clean-ups alone won’t solve the problem, because the amount of garbage that Mumbai chucks every day is staggering. The city generates nearly 2,000 tonnes of garbage every day. Add to this, 2,100 million litres of sewage per day, which is released 3km into the sea, after basic treatment. No wonder then that a 2017 study by Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany found the sea off Mumbai to be the most polluted in the world (though other studies have placed the waters around China, Vietnam, Thailand as worse).
 
The Maharashtra government recently enforced a ban on the manufacturing, use, sale, distribution and storage of plastic material -- such as one-time-use bags, spoons, plates and thermocol items.
 
Witnessing the apathy of their beloved city, Twitterati expressed their anger on social media highlighting the fact that what you give is what you get. 
 
 

 
 
 
 
A walk along Marine Drive in the monsoon once counted among the more beautiful experiences in Mumbai. No longer, for who would want the spray to stink of sewage and the waves to plant a blue plastic bag on their face.
 

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ANTI DRUG CAMPAIGN
Punjab to hire psychiatrists at Drug De-addiction centres
16.07.18 - TEAM PT
Punjab to hire psychiatrists at Drug De-addiction centres



CHANDIGARH, JULY 16: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday issued a series of instructions to further strengthen his government’s anti-drug campaign, including hiring of retired government psychiatrists and employment/empanelment of full-time/part-time private psychiatrists to handle the increased inflow of patients at the Drug De-addiction Centres.

At his weekly review meeting of the Cabinet Sub-Committee set up to monitor the anti-drug measures taken by various agencies, the Chief Minister also directed the concerned departments/officials to formulate strategies for ensuring security of drug addicts and their families coming to the de-addiction and rehabilitation centres, and for a holistic media campaign to effectively spread awareness on drugs.

He also asked the district authorities to crack down on centres selling Buprenophine -Naloxone in large quantities in violation of prescribed protocols.

Amarinder asked the Chief Secretary to approach the Union Ministry of Social Empowerment and Justice for financial grant for setting up additional private de-addiction centres in Punjab to complement the state government's efforts to contain drug abuse.

To reach out more aggressively to the people with information on various anti-drug government programmes, Captain Amarinder Singh asked the Health Department to involve SDMs, BDPOs and village panchayats in dissemination programmes. The list of the nearest Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) centres should be displayed on billboards and hoardings at strategic places, including bus stands, government hospitals and civil dispensaries in all cities, towns and villages across the state, he said.

The Chief Minister also asked the Ministers in-charge of the concerned districts to hold regular meetings, along with the MLAs, to keep strict vigil over the treatment and medical care facilities being extended to the drug addicts at the government drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centres.

Besides ensuring that the OOAT and Drug De-addiction Centres work in strict adherence to the laid SOPs, the Chief Minister directed immediate inspection of the existing private centres to ensure that they are equipped with proper infrastructure in terms of manpower and other facilities. If the district authorities feel that a de-addiction centre does not meet the minimum standards or is not providing all the required services in the prescribed manner, the same may be recommended for closure, he added.

Accepting a proposal by the Chief Secretary, Captain Amarinder Singh asked the Sports & Youth Welfare Department to evolve an action plan for the revival of Youth Clubs in villages and encourage these clubs to regularly organise Kabbadi, Volleyball, and Hockey tournaments in order to constructively channelise the energy of youth. He suggested drawing of an annual sports calendar to involve youth in such extra-curricular and sports activities. He also asked the Deputy Commissioners to play a proactive role in facilitating such sporting events in consultation with the Rural Development and Panchayats Department.

The meeting was attended, amongst others, by Cabinet Ministers Brahm Mohindra, Aruna Choudhary, Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, ACS Home N S Kalsi, ACS Health Satish Chandra, DGP Suresh Arora, DGP Law and Order Hardeep Dhillon, DGP Intelligence Dinkar Gupta, ADGP (STF) Ishwar Singh, IG (STF) R K Jaiswal, IG (STF) Balkar Singh Sidhu, Nodal Officer (DAPO) Rahul Tewari, and MD Punjab Health System Corporation Amit Kumar, along with Special Secretary Health B. Srinivasan.
 

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_______________________________________________________________


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