Trou­ble­mak­ers

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE -

To add to its woes, solid waste, es­pe­cially the ones tied in plas­tic bags and loose plas­tic waste, choke the river flow, stag­nat­ing the black/ grey wa­ter and even­tu­ally lead­ing to stench, un­hy­gienic con­di­tions and dis­eases. What once nour­ished life and health to­day is be­ing treated as a mere sur­face drain. Res­i­dents along Daulat Na­gar and Mha­tre Wadi along the Dahisar river fondly re­mem­ber how they swam, bathed, fished and played in the river un­til the ’ 80s.

In the af­ter­math of the 2005 floods, the sin­gu­lar fo­cus seems to be of ‘ train­ing’ or tam­ing the rivers, not­with­stand­ing the im­pact on the health and well- be­ing of the rivers. These high con­crete walls and con­crete river floor beds, in the name of train­ing so­lu­tions, have fur­ther re­in­forced the oblit­er­a­tion of the rivers from the city’s col­lec­tive con­scious and me­mory.

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