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
Story by Navashree Nandini Tucked away inside a small clearing, on the edge of a narrow dusty road in what is left of Ulwe village, Pallavi Jadhav fills a large aluminum pot with water, from a cracked pipeline. The pipeline has all the hallmarks of a makeshift supply – a bit of rubber hose stuck … Continue reading Cost of an airport
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
Story by Tom Roberts With most of Maharashtra in the grips of the worst drought since 1972, Mumbaikers eagerly await the monsoon that promises 94% of the city’s annual rain falling between June and September. It is the only respite in another wise dry Mumbai. Every year it is cat-and-mouse game between fast depleting water … Continue reading Securing Supply
The Koli of Mumbai have had brine running through their veins for generations, but the world around them is changing
Kushboo Shrivastav lives in Ganpath Patil Nagar – Mumbai’s second largest slum. Her struggle with water access is uniquely challenging.
Story by Ari Balle-Bowness With their twisted knobbly grey roots and waxy green leaves, Mumbai’s mangroves may not have the romance of Tokyo’s cherry blossoms or the majesty of California’s giant redwoods, but they are by no means less iconic. For thousands of years these wiry sentinels have stood guard along the coastline, weathering the brunt … Continue reading Death of the Mangroves