Of late the heat in Mumbai is getting unbearable, so much so that almost all the houses not only in my colony but the whole of my area, even many chawl kholis or boxes are sporting A/c’s, and im also considering purchasing one.
I had been wondering why, and just like most people i instantly blamed it on climate change, el ninio, darn the first world etc.
This is not a healthy sign, and shows that Mumbai climate is getting more and more extreme each year. The temperature has been close to 38`c for the whole of last week, at least 4 to 5 degrees above normal and there is hardly any wind.Most people i know, shower 3 times a day and they are not alone.
Recently when id been to Gorai off Borivli, i was amazed to see how much development happened in the marshlands there and how rapidly the mangrove cover has all but disappeared, just as the fields of veggis that dotted my aunts house close by. My friends father had recently showed me how the mangroves in his backyard had been systematically culled in Bangur Nagar at Goregaon, replaced by hutments and in some places appartment blocks.
Recently just sick and tired of the sauna like climate we decided to goto Dahanu to enjoy the beach, and once we touched naigaon off mira bhayander the weather started to change, and so did the air, at Vaitarna, Saphale we felt like we were in a different more laid back world.
At the beach even in that intense noon heat where the sand baked and the feet burnt, we never really burst into sweat, In shade we could feel the cool breeze and the crisp air.
While returning – once we touched mira road dahisar, we felt like home … as we automatically burst into sweat and felt the intense stink .
Moral of the story…
Is Bom-Bai – the Good bay – the Mumbadevis Mumbai turning into a CONcrete-Bay or o be more clear Buildermafia-bay?
Im afraid it is.. just chk out this pic of the man made concrete jungle published by the TOI as a world environment day special…
PS this is a 1992 pic , when there were still farms in borivli, and marshlands in Goregaon and Gorai, shudder to think what she looks like now!