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.