Save Banganga Tank! The oldest standing structure in South Mumbai is under threat.

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Let’s preserve Banganga together

The Banganga Tank near Raj Bhavan at the foot of Malabar Hill is of great religious, cultural and natural significance to the city of Mumbai. Legend has it that Lord Rama and Lord Laxmana stopped here on the way to Lanka to rescue goddess Sita. Lord Rama was thirsty and shot an arrow into the ground, and the river Ganga rushed forth, creating the tank (and hence the name Banganga).

The Banganga Tank is also Mumbai’s oldest surviving pilgrimage spot, and thus an important part of the city’s cultural heritage, it is also a geological wonder and forms a part of our valuable natural heritage. It is therefore all the more important to preserve this oasis of calm and tranquility in the midst of a concrete jungle.

News reports in the last few days mention that the waters of the Banganga tank are turning muddy. This suggests that the natural aquifers supplying water to the tank are under threat due to construction activity, especially at the Sambhav project coming up close by. The Khaki Heritage Foundation supports sustainable and responsible development and calls upon builders and the real estate industry to work in consultation with reputed geologists and natural conservationists in developing the vulnerable area of Malabar Hill. The loss of an important piece of the city’s religious, cultural and natural heritage is too high a price to pay for development.

Khaki Heritage Foundation requests all stakeholders to come together to save Banganga. This includes concerned citizens, non-government organisations, business houses, policy influencers, and most importantly, those who have the most direct roles to play in finding an amicable solution to this issue - the Maharashtra State Government, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, the developers of Sambhav and the real estate industry.

You too can play a part in saving our heritage. Sign this petition in support of responsible development, and share it forward. The more people it reaches, the more we voice our opinion, the greater are our chances of being heard.