The rains in Mumbai are a habitual offender. They make life difficult for the Mumbaikars, disrupt essential services and generally cause chaos. But the one neglected victim of the downpour are the beaches of the city.
Heavy rainfall this past week has once again washed ashore tons of garbage on the city’s Juhu beach.
This comes at a time when the Maharashtra government has imposed a plastic ban in the state. With many lauding the state government’s decision, the horrifying photos from Juhu Beach raise the question of whether the sea has become a new dump yard for the plastic that is no longer welcome in Maharashtra.
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.
The problem was highlighted recently in an installation at the St+art India’s Sassoon Dock Art Project in Mumbai. Singaporean artist Zi Xi created an exhibit titled ‘Plastic Ocean’ that used 400 kg of daily-use plastic items in an infinity mirror room to show how the oceans are slowly choking on plastic.
Just last year, India rejected a clause in a United Nation (UN) resolution that asked nations to set specific targets for reducing the use of plastic. The rejection came despite the fact that Indian rivers Ganga and Indus are among the ten river systems responsible for around 90 per cent of the global input of plastic into the sea.
Highlighting the eight million tonnes of plastic added to oceans every year, famed naturalist David Attenborough recently said: “Surely we have a responsibility to care for our planet. The future of humanity, and indeed all life on earth, depends on us.”
News credit : Indiatoday