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Mumbai is drowning in sh**

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ET reports that Mumbai is being inundated by untreated human faecal matter:

It’s common knowledge that the sea off Mumbai is not the best to wade into. But what’s shocking is the rate at which the quality of the water is worsening.

Senior civic officials said a chief reason was untreated sewage flowing into the sea. “Our discharge standards are deteriorating,” admitted one.

The presence of faecal coliform, which can cause a number of diseases, has shot up all along the western coast. At Versova, it is up from 811 per 100ml in 2011-12 to 1,650 in 2012-13, a rise of 103%. The accepted standard is 500/100ml. At Juhu beach that sees the maximum tourists every day, the pollutant has jumped from 914/100ml to 1,325, a 45% rise in one year.

At Girgaum Chowpatty, another tourist spot, the coliform has risen from 1000 per 100ml in 2011-12 to 1455 in 2012-13, a jump of 46%. It shows that it has come down only at Malabar Hill.

Land use around Girgaum chowpatty has not changed for some time. So an increase in faecal coliform here could imply widespread contamination of waters around Mumbai.

For the record, the Mumbai city budget for 2014-15 is Rs. 28,000 crores. This is a large fraction of the New York City budget of Rs. 97,360 crores.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

October 4, 2013 at 4:16 am

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