Month: January 2019

By not wanting to sell water bottles, this Mumbai restaurant owner has a message for all of us…

By not wanting to sell water bottles, this Mumbai restaurant owner has a message for all of us…

“Today I was approached by a smart young man trying to sell me his brand of packaged water.

So I told him, unlike other restaurants, we don’t aggressively sell water.

He told me, his brand has good margins.

I told him, I don’t believe in selling water. I have an R/O plant in my restaurant and we serve filtered safe water whose initial source is the Municipal Corporation, to our patrons.

I told him that from the culture that we come from, being a Punjabi, offering water is considered a duty and a noble deed.

And that the entire packaged water trade is a collective failure of our governments.

Water comes to me at 50 Rupees per 1000 liters. Packaged water sells at 20/- per liter. After selling 2.5 Bottles of water, I am left with 997.5 Liters offree water.

And the country is bearing the cost of packaging and transporting this water. All transport runs on imported petrol and diesel. Most of the cost of packaged water is distribution. The country bleeds every time a packaged water bottle is transported.

And we are polluting the earth with plastic bottles.

Ideally the packaged water industry should die. And water should be free.

He shook my hand in a warm handshake and left.

There are some businesses that should never have got started. It is failure of the government and the fear of contaminated water that has created this industry.

And we don’t even understand the domino effect of packaged drinking water.

Offer water to people where ever possible. It is a good deed. We at our restaurant try to do it every day.”

-Vinod Chand is the founder of and has a restaurant in Mira Road

Mail us on [email protected] if you want to get in touch with him.

Rebuttal to the wall street journal article on Mumbai Metro 3

Rebuttal to the wall street journal article on Mumbai Metro 3

A journalist spoke to me for the contact details of Indigenous Tribal people who are staying in Aarey for many generations.

Laxmi is one such Tribal woman who was illegally evicted from a Tribal Hamlet called Prajapur Pada . Under the Indian law and as per Court orders ,Tribals can not be treated as slum dwellers and shifted to Slum Rehabilitation Buildings. They should be provided proper rehabilitation.

Metro Rail Corporation LTD (MMRCL) did not acknowledge the fact that Laxmi Gaikwad is a Tribal though Laxmi has all the valid documents to prove that she is a Tribal. She is also a petitioner in the High Court in a case against Metro Rail Corporation.

Construction of Metro 3 Carshed is destroying Floodplain of Mumbai’s infamous yet important Mithi river. Environment Experts from a committee appointed by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra mentioned in a report that this construction of Carshed on the flood plain may lead to flooding in the International Airport during monsoon.

For construction of the proposed carshed at Aarey, MMRCL will also cut 3500 + trees in a forest area and destroy rich biodiversity. There are many other land options to build the Carshed for Metro 3 line. But all the suggestions of the environment experts and citizens were ignored by the MMRCL. They never wanted to have a dialogue with the Citizens of Mumbai.

The article by WSJspeaks about MMRCL planting thousands of trees but we Citizens have not seen the proof. But we have proof to show that more than 50% trees transplanted by MMRCL are already dead.

Unfortunately these aspects have not been covered in this article and hence this article is only showing one side of the story.

Would request you to at least correct information about Laxmi Gaikwad in your article. Indigenous people have been exploited across the world for centuries. It is now time for the “educated” people to help them get their rights.

Amrita Bhattacharjee

(Amrita Bhattacharjee is a citizen who has been a part of Aarey Conservation Group and saving Aarey since 2014)

(The pic in the thumbnail is from the Aarey Satyagraha on October 2, 2018. Citizens across the city have been complaining about the metros high handedness and no concern for environment to the deaf ears of the dispensation)