High tide dumps 9 tonnes of trash on Marine Drive

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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.

SL Shanth Ku­mar

BHANGAR BY THE BAY

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