Iqbal Singh Chahal of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has predicted that within 25 to 30 years, South Mumbai’s Nariman Point will be engulfed by the rising seawater level. “There are enough warnings that nature is giving, but if people do not wake up, the situation will take such a dangerous turn that 80 percent of areas like Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point, and Mantralaya will just disappear,” Singh added.
Addressing the media, the civic chief mentioned that the disaster will not be for the next generation to witness, adding that people from this generation will only witness it. On the other hand, climate experts have observed that Mumbai, of late, witnessed some extreme weather conditions, the latest being the recent thunderstorm that took place in the city in July.
“On August 5, 2020, about 5 to 5.5 feet water was accumulated at Nariman point. There was no cyclone warning that day, but considering the parameters, it was a cyclone,” Chahal said.
Referring to this year’s monsoon, Chahal stated that it has been erratic as the city received maximum rainfall before the scheduled date of the monsoon’s arrival. Before June 9, Mumbai recorded 84 percent of the June rainfall. In July too, instead of being equally distributed across the month, the maximum rainfall took place over four days.
“Earlier, we used to hear about climate change events like melting glaciers, but not directly affecting us. But now it has come to our doorstep,” he added.
In 2020, cyclone Nisarga had hit Mumbai fr the first time in 129 years and then in the last 15 months, there have been three cyclones. The four-year period between 2017 and 2020 has seen a steady increase in extremely heavy rainfall events.