Eastern waterfront revamp: New plan leaves just 74 hectares open space for Mumbai

The legend goes that centuries ago, when Mumbai was only a group of seven islands, people often crossed from one island to another during low tide, with only the slush to confront. The simple folk at the time – mostly the resident Koli community – would often do this for reasons of trade, fishing, or meeting their extended families. Over the last several centuries, though, Mumbai has grown into a global cosmopolitan city with a population of 12.4 million and has over 10 million more people in its extended metropolitan region; all of this from just seven islands reclaimed by the occupying British in the 17th century. In the intervening period, the city has expanded its real estate and shrunk its open spaces.