Mumbai’s Versova beach is dirty again. Here’s why
Beach Versova was again covered with dirt, a few weeks after the Mumbaiites will be awakened to photographs of the beach that look like a tourist paradise.
Residents Versova cleaned the beach in the last 90 weeks and removed more than 5.7 million kg of waste – turning one of Mumbai’s dirtiest beaches.
However, its sandy beaches are once again full of garbage. The reason? Afroz Shah, the lawyer who led the clean-up campaign with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), studied the origin of the waste and was found abandoned in nine streams in the northwestern district of Bombay that is poured down.
Versova is a flat sandy beach with mangrove thick, some sections are also suppressed by this garbage.
The study found that the source of 70% of the waste is the Malad Creek – nine coves (see the names box) on empty. Another 20% of the waste from 1 000 rainwater drains whose opening is located along the 2.5 km coastline Versova – there is more waste being washed ashore during the monsoon.
“The remaining 10% comes directly from us,” Shah said. “As citizens, we neglect the responsibility fortunately fundamental times to dump garbage in trash cans to recycle through composting or even segregation at home.”
A recent study by the State Pollution Control Committee revealed that the water around the beach was heavily polluted, mainly due to the rejection of domestic waste at sea. “The sources we have identified are all maritime issues where wastewater is insignificant, resulting in very poor water quality,” Shah said.
The beach photographed last month, after the 90-week cleaning effort.
Shah said the monsoon, the amount of waste that landed on the beach every day was 2 kg lakh. “This is much smaller than it was in 2014, before starting cleanup. At that time, 5 to 6 kg kg of litter is landed every day,” he said.
Residents said the beach was much better after the campaign, but they agreed that there is a long way to go. “The beach was a shop there for two years with no possibility of walking. Now it is a much more respectable place to run or walk,” said Ruchi Dalal, a resident of Versova.
The current state of the beach Versova on July 6. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)
BMC officials said they were installing nets to trap plastic waste in marine markets.
“We started along streams of trap trappings along Malad. We also manually eliminate the beaches,” said Prashant Gaikwad, deputy municipal commissioner.