If you are planning to visit any of Mumbai’s beaches this weekend, then don’t as Cyclone Ockhi filled large mounds of trash in the city. However, Cyclone Ockhi has cleaned up the city’s air but it had also brought enormous garbage.
According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) solid waste management (SWM) department estimates, more than 80,000 kg or 80 tonnes of waste from the ocean has been dumped on the city’s seashore between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. A senior SWM official said on anonymity that “The waste that was floating in the middle of the ocean has got dumped on our beaches because of intense wave action. We have informed all the ward offices to clear the garbage. A total of 26 truckloads have been collected from different beaches so far. The process will continue for the next three to four days”. The most affected beaches of the city are Juhu and Versova, but the trash has also been witnessed at Dadar Chowpatty, Nariman Point, Marwe, Marine Drive and Madh Island.
The assistant municipal commissioner and ward officer of K-West ward Prashant Deshmukh said that almost 25,000 kg of waste had soared at Versova (15,000 kg) and Juhu (10,000 kg) beaches. “The amount of trash is similar to what we get during the monsoon months. We cleared five truckloads on Wednesday,” he said. The city-based lawyer and beach clean-up crusader Afroz Shah said that the trash collected at Versova beach was almost two feet high. “It was extremely difficult to walk on the beach on Wednesday morning because everything, from plastic bags, food wrappers, clothes to ropes and footwear, was lying on the beach,” he added.