Residents of NRI Complex in Seawoods, Navi Mumbai are busy discussing various theories as to why a pond in their area has turned pink – the water body is known as the Flamingo pond to the locals due to the few migratory birds which visit the area during the summers and monsoon. The locals use the area around the pond as a jogging track. A few groups conduct photography workshops close to the pond and a few locals take a dip in it during the summer months, according to The Indian Express.
Residents of Seawoods have different theories about the change of the pond’s colour. Mayur Panta resident of Seawoods says, ”The Pink Pond has become a nice backdrop for selfies and may soon become a tourist spot”. The water body is surrounded by residential complexes, a school and a few shanties which lead to Vashi Creek.
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Another resident Sanjai Sinha suspects that the pond changed its colour due to industrial activity across the Vashi Creek. Sinha told said, ”The colour of the lake may have changed due to the effluents discharged from industries across the Vashi Creek.”
Bilwada Kale, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), told the Indian Express that it is still unclear how the lake turned pink; it may have changed due to the growth of algae, but we will have to wait for the laboratory results”.
Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) PRO, Mahendra Konde told the Indian Express that, the civic body is not aware of any such situation. Lawyer Prachi Jain says ”It is surprising that the NMMC has not looked into the matter as it could be dangerous for the people living in the lake’s vicinity”.