Seems like the Arabian sea had enough of being a dumpsite for everyone and threw back all the garbage that was disposed of in it.
Mumbai was hit by a high tide which puked out all the garbage that was thrown in it over the years.
The beach shores are full of trash and the city looks nothing less than a dumpsite.
BMC officials stated that they cleaned up almost 2,15,000 kg of garbage from the beaches of Mumbai with Marine Drive being dumped with 9,000 kg of trash.
While normally it takes an hour to clean the Marine Drive stretch, it took them two and half hours to get the task completed.
The staggering amount of trash that the sea threw up is no joke and it is a clear message to the people and government of Mumbai to stop treating their marine bodies like a garbage dumpsite.
Mumbai on its own creates around 2,000 tonnes of garbage every day plus 21,000 litres of sewage which, after basic treatment is released into the sea.
According to Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner (A ward), BMC stated,
In July and August, high tide brings garbage from the sea onto the Marine Drive on four to five days. The garbage washes onto a 900-metre stretch between the Intercontinental Hotel and Princess Street Flyover. Yesterday, we had collected one tonne of garbage but today, it increased to nine metric tonnes.
The citizens of Mumbai were not pleased and Twitter was overflowing with tweets just like the beaches and Marine Drive were with garbage.
That time of the year when the Arabian Sea looks at Mumbai in it's eyes & says 'Fuck you! Take back your filth!'Look at this pic.twitter.com/YvKdQVLrKh— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) July 14, 2018
What you give is what you get back ! As much as 12 tonnes of garbage was washed back on marine drive recently after the intense high-tide in Mumbai. High time we stop polluting our water bodies. It’s time we change pic.twitter.com/EA5v16lS7T— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 16, 2018
WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO THIS WORLD!!!!This is Marine Drive. The sea has given Mumbai its garbage back! Video courtesy: Prashant Sawant pic.twitter.com/DIoF2PCV46— Nupur Pradhan (@TuggingdLuggage) July 13, 2018
Mumbai beach turns garbage dump after Arabian Sea vomits trash: Horrifying photosIn this govt isn't responsible, we're responsible for this, everytime we blame on govt that he has done this, that bla-bla, have we ever seen inside ourselves that what we are doing, pic.twitter.com/O7BZIv4Haa— Rajanish Kumar (@RajanishIITian) July 14, 2018
8 am this morning on Marine Drive, Mumbai. The sea is returning the garbage we dump in it .'Enough', it seems to be saying. pic.twitter.com/51P5BaggXr— Aashish Contractor (@DrContractor) July 15, 2018
Lawyer and activist, Afroz Shah, the man behind the clean-up of Versova Beach tweeted out in disappointment.
Week 143 . #Marinedebris Chronicle .Dear ocean ,We messed with you and your citizens . I feel ashamed as a human that I got u to this breaking point .You Puke and we know u r unwellPlease forgive me my dear fishes and birds for messing with your life'sWe do our bit pic.twitter.com/sWoJUWiS6Y— Afroz Shah (@AfrozShah1) July 14, 2018
Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany compiled scientific studies on marine litter in a collective database called Litterbase, which said that Mumbai's marine life is one of the most polluted in the world.