Mumbai: Sea piles 87% more trash on 7 beaches on day of the cyclone

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Mumbai: Sea piles 87% more trash on 7 beaches on day of the cyclone

Mumbai: Sea piles 87% more trash on 7 beaches on day of the cyclone

A day after Cyclone Tauktae churned by the city, heaps of garbage had to be removed from the beaches. Civic solid waste management laborers removed trash weighing 62,010 kg from the city’s seven beaches (see box), almost 87% more than that collected barely two days ago on May 15 (33,110 kg).

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Interestingly, some beaches like Dadar had much more garbage than usual, while some like Juhu had much less. Citizen activists said more than the location of the beach, the direction of the tide mattered as it brought in the garbage. “These were not southwest monsoon winds and therefore, the tide and wind direction were different. So it is possible beaches which otherwise do not have garbage being thrown out in large amounts did so now,” said Zoru Bhathena, activist, adding that from his home in Juhu, he did not notice much garbage coming to the shore.

The sea has only expelled what was accumulated within it, Bhathena pointed out. “With almost all drains open in the city, any garbage on the roads that is not cleared eventually lands in the sea. A simple solution would be to ensure that drains are well covered to protect litter from entering it,” he said.

“Recently, during a visit to the pumping station, we noticed garbage entering the sea whenever the pumping station gates are opened. This is the same garbage that has been accumulating in the nullahs,” said Zahida Banatwala from the Juhu citizens welfare group.