Mumbai Mirror had reported in July 2009, with the help of an
EMR-measuring agency, how five of the seven important
locations in the heart of the city - like Mantralaya, Marine
Drive, World Trade Centre and Breach Candy hospital - threw
unacceptably high levels of mobile tower radiation. The city
has a very high number of cellphone towers, and residents
have complained about health hazards.
Loss of habitat
Khot points out that honeybees need a specific habitat for
their survival. "The large fruit trees that once adorned the
city have disappeared, the architecture of buildings has
changed, the lofts and crevices have given way to glass
facades. Where will the bees make hives now?"
Wildlife biologist Anand Pendharkar says while Mumbaikars
enjoyed their fix of honey, they were quick to destroy
No food, no nectar
Pendharkar says, "Mumbai's residents prefer ornamental
plants. As a result, 60 per cent of the city's green cover
is comprised of exotic trees. For honeybees, these are as
good as 'plastic' as they cannot draw nectar from them.
Trees like Jamun, Jackfruit, Neem, Mango and flowers like
Champa and others provide nectar for the bees. But we hardly
find these varieties in Mumbai any more.”
Heat and pollution
Another factor endangering the bees is the increasing heat
and pollution in the city. Deputy Director, Maharashtra
Nature Park, Avinash Kubal says, "The honeybees cannot
survive in extreme heat. A decade ago, you could see many
hives around buildings. But we don't any more. Earlier,
there was enough greenery in the city but now the concrete
cover has increased, leading to soaring temperatures."
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