Mumbai feels like a time-bomb. Everyday as I waited on the bridge in Bandra East and watched the chaos below, I wondered at what Mumbai is in for. It is a wonder how the financial capital of the country where some of the biggest financial and industrial powerhouses of the country are lcoated can be paralysed, brought to a halt or simply be tied up in knots by rains which are being experience since its beginnings. With Climate Change catastrophes round the corner, I wonder whether it would have the coping capacity when the problems intensifies.
At the current intensity itself the situation looks so precarious. The rains and the constant flooding of the streets and every other place, the immense pressure of the vehicles, people, and living spaces … it looked very crazy to me.
So what will happen if the situation intensifies or when sea-levels rise which will create havoc on the coastline and the drainage systems?
What will happen when rain patterns change and there it pours all at one go frequently?
What will happen when there is a steady influx of displacees from other areas?
What would happen when the coastal communities along the mumbai coast itself have to shift inwards ?
It will be chaos.
People seem to just go about their way (there seems to be no alternative). The pace is so hectic, is there time for people to think and reflect? The pace looks as if people will only think when there is a crisis.
Who will think?
At what scale?
It is the small guys who will get wiped out.
Maybe as a society, as a planet we are preparing to wipe out 60-70% of our population – after all (as in ant-society ie. like ants) when the population pressure increases there has to be either a break-away or a wipe-out. Since we have nowhere to break-away, wipe out seems inevitable ….