High tide dumps 9 tonnes of trash on Marine Drive
Mumbai: Friday’s high tide washed ashore an astonishing 9 metric tonnes of trash along Marine Drive. This is nine times the garbage collected from the promenade every day, said a BMC official.
Civic officials said the trash quantity was unprecedented as garbage overflowed onto the adjoining road and one lane had to be shut for traffic. “The washing up of garbage started an hour before the tide reached its peak height of 4.85m at 12.13pm. Later, when the water began to rece- de, the garbage remained,” said an official.
Experts said waste that floats in the middle of the sea washes ashore on beaches because of intense wave action. “The bigger the waves, the heavier the items they can carry,” said an expert.
But it’s not necessary that the garbage that was- hed ashore at Marine Drive was generated by Mumbai alone. Professor Kapil Gupta from IIT-B’s department of civil engineering said that wave dynamics is quite complex. “The garbage could have originated at some place far away or some ship may have discharged it into the sea,” he said. The city generates over 7,000 metric tonnes of garbage daily.
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