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Mumbai: Owing to high-tide, 9 metric tonnes of waste washes onto Marine Drive


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On Friday, residents of South Mumbai woke up and saw a huge amount of garbage piled up on the iconic coastal promenade of Marine Drive. The garbage washed onto the Marine Drive due to high tides in the sea and made it look a dump yard. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has claimed that they collected around nine tonnes of garbage from the iconic coastal promenade.

Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner (A ward), BMC told Indian Express, “In July and August, high tide brings garbage from the sea onto the Marine Drive on four to five days. The garbage washes onto a 900-metre stretch between the Intercontinental Hotel and Princess Street Flyover. Yesterday, we had collected one tonne of garbage but today, it increased to nine metric tonnes.”

The BMC, who is still not technologically sound, had deployed around 30 labourers to manually clean the promenade. While on normal days these labourers take around an hour to clean the promenade, on Friday it took around two-and-a-hours to clean. The nine metric tonnes which were collected during the clean-up drive included plastic and thermocol glass bottles which got washed to shore due to high-tide.

Dighavkar further added that “This is nature’s way of throwing back everything that we throw into it. The BMC is working on implementing the ban on single-use plastic. Residents also need to stop using plastic and switch to its alternatives. It is time that people learn to stop throwing waste into the nullahs and dispose of them scientifically. The nullahs are meant for sewerage and not to throw garbage.”