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Inside Story October 2019

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Powai lake belongs to the Crocodiles.

Only after having turned down the proposal to start water sports in the Powai lake last month,  in August MCGM again releases a notice in publications to consider water sports.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had turned down the proposal to introduce water sports at Powai Lake. The proposal consisted of the introduction of sports like scuba diving, water aerobics, water polo, and boat racing at the lake.

The civic body had reportedly turned down the proposal since the lake has crocodiles and introducing water sports in the lake could threaten the visitors.

The lake is home and natural habitat of the crocodiles residing at the over a century old lake surrounded by a rich zone of wilderness and natural biodiversity. Water sports is surely not entertainment in the habitat of a lake filled with crocodiles and fish. As it is many cases of crocodile attacks and sewage water influx, alongside flooding have been the main issues related to the lake, but it doesn't make sense to endanger lives of tourists at the cost of destruction of a natural wetland.

More security guards and bus bay area's should be introduced at the lake. Moreover the Metro has not been diverted or stopped, which causes vibrations and traffic snarls daily. Focus on giving the residents of Powai a noiseless and natural habitat of the treasured Powai lake should be the agenda.

Massive  urbanization and  development, deforestation is a major factor contributing to climate change. Powai will get hotter, with more influx of deseases and congested overcrowded areas.  Killing a lake alters not only nearby ecosystems, communities of interacting organisms and their environments but also the atmosphere on a global level, with devastating results.

Changes in the water body could be disrupting the movement of water in the atmosphere, causing major shifts in precipitation that could lead to drought and heat waves.

In the end, Powai will become a more dreaded place to visit leave alone reside in!!

(Elsie Gabriel is an award winning post graduate certified Green Teacher and Environmental Law expert. With twenty years of writing experience she has travelled to remote corners of the earth researching, photographing, documenting facts that bind the threads of anthropological wonder. Powai runs in her veins)