01 December, 2020

Watery Divisions

Some dance in water. And most Mumbaikars feel the pinch in their throat.

Atul Loke
Watery Divisions
It's ironical. Ordinary Mumbaikars are reeling under a severe water crisis and the city's municipal body has already reduced supply by 10 per cent this summer. Yet, Mumbai is being inundated by water-guzzling mega structures that include amusement and water parks, hotels and fancy bungalows. Just the two dozen existing water parks in Mumbai and adjoining areas like Thane and Raigad use over 50 billion litres of water every day. Of this, Esselworld's Water Kingdom, which is spread over 24 acres, gets over 7 billion litres.

"This (water used by the parks) is twice the supply to the whole of Mumbai," says Susheila Cardozo, director, Stree Shakti Sadan, an organisation that works with the fishing community. "We don't have water to drink, but others are dancing in it." The problem can only get worse, especially in the north-western suburbs. These are areas that are witnessing a boom in high-rise complexes, hotels, clubs, more water parks, and bungalows with swimming pools, that are rented out for film shootings.

"All this, while local residents yearn even for drinking...


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