ver the past two centuries, as human settlements have developed direct water lines to their homes, there seems to a gradual erosion of our deep rooted connect with the land and water resources. This has reached such an extent that for most citizens, the rivers have ceased to exist and at most are considered as storm water runoffs. During the non-monsoon seasons, these riverine systems also carry the sewerage of the informal city, not to mention being the local inhabitants’ everyday dump yard. The aspiration of the city is by very nature progressive. In the context of climate change, patterns of consumption and waste generation in cities have been representative of a lifestyle which needs reflection and a motivated change.
RIVERse presents an opportunity to be developed as a catalytic urban transformer requiring participation from all stakeholders of the city. In Mumbai itself, it promises to positively transform the quality of life of its 18 million residents and it will prove to be a role model in the national context where majority of its 1.2 billion population living in cities and villages, are river dependent.