Choked with Plastic Waste, Dharavi Nullah Needs A Hand to Thrive
Video Editor: Prashant Chauhan
Video Producer: Aastha Gulati
The Dharavi nullah, an old drain situated at Mahim East, is overflowing with plastic and industrial waste.
The nullah meets Mithi river and then flows into the Arabian Sea via Mahim Creek. It is littered with garbage and residents’ waste.
The nullah is cleaned every monsoon, when waste is extracted from it by a crane. Residents of Dharavi say that it has never been fully cleaned. The cleaning drive happens, if at all, ony during the monsoon.
We spoke to some residents and here’s what they had to say:
Lakshmi, who lives in Dharavi, said that most residents were not aware of responsible waste disposal.
Deepak, a shop owner in the area, told me that this has been the situation since he was young.
Due to the deteriorating condition of the drain, diseases run rife.
Lalita corroborated other residents’ views.
The nullah carries the waste to Mahim beach, thereby polluting the water body and harming its marine life.
Many activists are making an effort to clean Mumbai’s beaches but all their hard work will be in vain if tonnes of plastic accumulates at the beach again. Residents need to take equal responsibility.
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