After the surprise visit of Minister of Environment of Mauritius at Bagatelle Mall, Saturday, Feb. 18, the direction of the mall is, again, taken contrary to pollution. A Prohibition Notice has been served for the ban to continue to discharge sewage into the river Martindale through its network of drainage of rain.
This is not the first time the commercial center of Bagatelle finds himself embroiled in a pollution case. He had already been taken in contravention to the end of last year to a malfunction of its treatment plant wastewater.
This time it is the environmental police who found a smelly and polluted water from a drain of the shopping complex is discharged directly into the river Martindale along the back of the Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius.
Minister Deva Virahsawmy raided places in the company of the environmental police, Saturday, Feb. 18, to see firsthand the potential damage to the ecosystem. The minister promised sanctions after receipt of test results commissioned by the environmental police.
Results fell on Tuesday 21 February. Result: one count of Discharging effluent into a watercourse weighs on the shopping center. The management of the shopping center could be fined up to Rs 50,000.
The management of the shopping center had sought to reassure the public about the source of sewage were discharged into the river Martindale saying that there was no connection between their system to any public sewer and pollution River.
"All the necessary investigations were immediately carried out by our teams to identify the source of the problem has been clearly and precisely located. "Wrote the marketing manager of the commercial complex, Coraline Cortot.
She argues that the problem is detected an isolated incident that originates from the overflow of the water used to wash the trash storage area.
"Following the large volume of visitors recorded since the opening, this area requires a thorough washing to meet quality and hygiene standards imposed by international de Bagatelle. We found that the overflow of the washing water was mistakenly directed to the storm water drain , "said Coraline Cortot.
She says that immediate steps, finalized shortly, are being taken to solve this problem and ensure it never happens again. " Meanwhile, the drain was temporarily bo Uché, "reassures the marketing manager.