Leaks, Lobbyists and Laziness

Story by Navashree Nandini In February 2018, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) busted a water tanker racket in Masjid Bunder. Officials say the local mafia were selling water at 300 rupees per tanker.  In October 2018, about 5000 residents from the Evershine Global City Complex in Vasai-Virar region took to the streets claiming the water … Continue reading Leaks, Lobbyists and Laziness

Along the Mithi

Photography by Dylan Crawford The ever-expanding city of Mumbai has put immense pressure on the natural environment. Mumbai’s largest river, the mighty Mithi, now turned into a stormwater drain, wends through the city carrying with it the garbage and the sewage of millions. On its banks is Dharavi, India’s largest slum – the second largest … Continue reading Along the Mithi

Cleaner and Safer

Story by Tanya Awasthy “Apna to life hi badal gaya” - our lives changed completely, says Kalpana Sampatrao Kamble, 60, about the transformation Tulshet Pada saw about 15 years ago. Located in Bhandup, Tulshet Pada could well be a quintessential suburban Mumbai slum, except that it is remarkably clean.  The lives of its residents saw … Continue reading Cleaner and Safer

A Problem Political

Story by Joshua Holmes Kemps Corner – a suburb at the southern end of Mumbai made up of picturesque colonial buildings dating back to British settlement, is the embodiment of old-money and wealth. It’s also the perfect example of a well-regulated community with access to clean potable water available in abundance for cooking, cleaning and … Continue reading A Problem Political

Struggle Streets

Story and Photography by Brittiny Edwards “Water is a fundamental right of every living thing, water is not the human’s property, it belongs to nature,” Sitaram Shelar tells a group of students at Mumbai University. shelar is the convenor of Pani Haq Samiti in Mumbai, a Non-Governmental Organisation fighting to secure the universal right to … Continue reading Struggle Streets

The Water Mafia of Mumbai

Story by Jake Kearnan “Informal systems deliver”. The three words hang in the air in Sulakshana Mahajan’s comfortable living room. It is clear that Mahajan, an Urban City Planner with an impressive track-record in Mumbai, is a pragmatist.  Her description of the lucrative black market for water in Mumbai, orchestrated by the so-called water mafia, … Continue reading The Water Mafia of Mumbai