As people have been home due to the lockdown in Mumbai, Maximum City, for the first time in 20 years, witnesses clean beaches during monsoon. Take a look at the Juhu beach, for instance. By Kumar Shree

2020 sees the Juhu beach at its cleanest in 20 years, courtesy the lockdown. Monsoon is usually the hardest season for Mumbai beaches in terms of cleanliness as the sea throws back tonnes of garbage on the shore. This year, however, the picture is quite different.

 

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Mumbai Mirror quoted Dr BS Awasthi, a senior paediatrician and managing director of Surya Hospital, who lives close to the beach — “Every monsoon, especially in July, the entire Juhu beach is littered with tonnes of garbage thrown by the sea. We literally have to walk through the plastic.”

Talking about the difference in this year’s scenario, he added, “This year, the beach is clean. Even during high tide, there’s hardly any garbage on the entire stretch.”

Things are not looking better just for the Juhu beach. Versova beach and the Marine Drive are also looking way better this year.

Environmentalist Afroz Shah, who is known to have organised the world’s largest beach clean-up project at Versova, estimated that there was 60 to 70 per cent less garbage on the beach this year.

 

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Talking to Mumbai Mirror, Shah said, “It is obvious that people are still throwing garbage into the sea in violation of civic rules. But since fewer people are going out, there is less trash. Also, as per my observations, 80 per cent of the waste here comes from creek nullah, where the amount of waste has also gone down.”

The Marine Drive promenade also sports a cleaner look this year as the sea has much less garbage to throw out.

However, many environment activists say that it’s not yet time to celebrate as the sea could throw out more trash once the ongoing nullah cleaning work is complete.

Well, for now, this is certainly a piece of good news for all of us. We hope that Mumbai continues to nurture these clean beaches and ensure their pristine state is maintained for times to come.

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