It is the rivers in metropolitan cities that face maximum abuse, owing to the lack of efficient waste management system, besides the apathetic attitude of citizens, industries and civic bodies.
What we fail to realise or conveniently overlook is the drastic effect that indiscriminate dumping of trash in rivers actually poses to the environment. A significant percentage of this garbage flows into seas and oceans, which end up polluting and endangering the marine biosphere.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), in order to prevent an excessive amount of floating waste from drifting into the sea, is working out a plan under which river debris booms would be fixed across four rivers in Mumbai.
“These booms will prevent materials such as bottles and plastic bags from entering the sea. Workers will be deployed where the booms are placed to clear the floating debris that the booms collect,” a senior civic official told Hindustan Times.
The floating booms are placed above the river and function quite efficiently in both stagnant and flowing water. Spanning about a metre under the sea level, these help to enclose the floating trash quickly, which can be later cleared up during river clean-up operations.
The pilot project will reportedly involve the severely polluted Oshiwara, Mithi, Dahisar and Poisar rivers. “The placement of the booms will depend on the exact location where the river debris tends to accumulate. The floating barriers may include different components to suit the requirements of still and moving water,” the official added.
According to Vijay Singhal, the additional municipal commissioner, the idea is currently in the incubation stage, and once the authorities have chalked out a concrete plan, it will be executed.