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In Photos: Mumbai’s Last Remaining Green Spaces

Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink

Till the late 19th century, small ponds and tanks such as these were essential sources of water in the city. As piped water became available, they became subjects of apathy. Besides providing water, they used to harbour tremendous amount of biodiversity. For example Dosilia plumosa, a freshwater sponge, was first described from the Banganga tank, which is part of the Walkeshwar Temple Complex in Malabar Hill. The city has lost many such waterbodies, but this lone egret waiting patiently at the pond in Bhavan’s campus, Andheri, serves as a symbol of hope for their future.
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