The mystery of stray dogs in Taloja turning blue has been solved. It has turned out to be that a factory was dumping its untreated waste in the Kasadi river. The dye was dumped in the river by the factory which turned dogs into blue. But on Tuesday, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has taken action against the firm that released the dye into the water and shut down the factory.
Anil Mohekar, MPCB regional officer told Hindu, “The company, Ducol Organics & Colours Pvt Ltd, has been shut down for violating norms under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, for letting the chemical be released into the river without treating it first, and releasing residual dye powder into the air, due to which stray dogs have turned blue.”
The issue was raised by an animal activist, Arati Chauhan, who spotted the blue dogs, and also brought up the issue of the factory’s negligence, and finally wrote to Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, to complain, and posted images of the dyed dogs online.
Arati Chauhan told AFP, “We managed to take one dog for treatment as it was suffering with eye infection. The bizarre incident brought to the forefront the dangers posed by these firms which fail to comply with environmental norms.” Kasadi runs through Taloja, Mumbai’s dense industrial zone home to nearly 1,000 factories. Data from the Mumbai-based Watchdog Foundation shows.