Niyosha Bhagat


"Despite being the city’s ‘green-barrier’ against natural calamities, Mumbai has lost approximately 40% of its mangrove trees in the past decade or so. In fact, an estimate of 1000 mangrove trees are likely to be cut for a six-lane bridge in Navi Mumbai. These trees not only have a major significance on the ecosystem but also have a large cultural significance to the Koli community of Mumbai.

Mumbai’s known to have floods (or knee-high water) every monsoon. The major ones were in 2005 and 2017. Quite tragically, in the hustle and growth of ‘The City that Never Sleeps’, Mumbaikars as well as the rest of Indians have either overlooked or forgotten the fact that Mumbai’s Mangrove forest helped and continues to help during these floods. These trees share the very same vigor as Mumbaikars do."

- Niyosha Bhagat | @10.19.25_