More than 11,000 tonnes of electronic waste (e-waste) is generated in Mumbai every year, which is the highest in the country.
Most of these discarded computers, cell phones and television sets tumble into the scrap junkyards spread across Kurla, Saki Naka and Dharavi. As these units unscientifically dismantle the e-waste, they give rise to a bigger threat — air, soil and water pollution.
The accumulating e-waste is just one of the problems piling up on the city. Last year, the civic authority granted permissions to cut more than 11,000 trees while only a fraction of those were planted.
The concrete jungle is aggravating the man-animal tussle for space with seven incidents of leopards straying into human settlements this year alone. The area covered by mangroves, the city’s coastal sentries, has shrunk by 40% in the last two decades.
But amidst the gloom, there are heartening stories of individuals thoughtfully refurbishing discarded computers for municipal schools, corporates using technology to cut down paper consumption and the growing eco conscience fuelling interest in green courses.
We bring these and many more reports in a six-part series as a run up to World Environment Day on June 5.