Floodgates To Come Up At Mumbai’s Mahim Causeway To Prevent Flooding Of Mithi River

by Sanjana Shenoy
by Sanjana Shenoy 633

Mumbai often comes in the news during the rainy season. Heavy rains in the city, often leads to floods, heavy traffic and even electricity cuts. Now, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will take a crucial step to stop chronic flooding in areas like Sion, Chunabhatti and Kurla from Mithi River. BMC will set up floodgates at Mahim causeway to prevent floods of the Mithi River. This river spans 17.8km. It starts at Borivali’s Vihar Lake and finally ends in the Arabian sea at Mahim Causeway. Read on to know more.

BMC To Build Dam At Mahim Causeway

Officials informed The Indian Express that building floodgates at Mahim Causeway will prevent seawater from entering into the Mithi River, during high tides. The BMC will soon hire a consultant to create holding ponds along the banks of the Mithi River. This way they can store excess rainwater. An official from Storm Water Drainage Department stated to The Indian Express “The same consultant will also be asked to suggest suitable locations for construction of dam or floodgates. Mahim Causeway is one location but other places will be checked for feasibility. The appointed consultant will be given one year to prepare a detailed plan.”

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Floodgates To Stop Longterm Flooding In Sion, Chunabhatti & Kurla From Mithi River

Officials also informed media houses that creating dams or floodgates will help stop longterm flooding in Sion, Chunabhatti and Kurla from Mithi River. The consultancy services would amount to ₹30 crores. This project is truly essential for every Mumbaikar. During monsoon, flooding interrupts train services on all three lines. The Central and Harbour Line are badly hit at Sion, Kurla and Chunabhatti. The overflowing water levels also impact the Western Line near Matunga railway station. This happens quite a few times because of rising in the water level of the Mithi River due to rainfall and high tides.  But with the advent of floodgates at Mahim Causeway, it’s definitely a sigh of relief during the monsoon season. Meanwhile, add these delicious dishes on your list the next time you visit Mahim Khau Galli. 

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