Nikhil Anand is Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on infrastructure, urbanism and environment. He is the author of Hydraulic City: Water and the Infrastructures of Citizenship in Mumbai (2017) and The Promise of Infrastructure (2018). He is currently researching climate change, the sea, and the city.
All its existing and future infrastructure needs should be subjected to careful climate tests and any proposed interventions should be considered in a democratic, integrated manner.
Why, I wonder, do city planners and development agencies not produce adaptation or mitigation programs given the vulnerabilities of the city to climate change?
A new study projects that in the absence of quick and significant action, Mumbai in 2050 will look much like what it did in 1700 — with the sea having reclaimed much of the landfill that the city has been built on