The once clear Mithi River in Mumbai has today become severely polluted, owing to decades of pollution and garbage. So much so that it has almost turned into a sewage line. Now, in a bid to turn this around, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to revamp it. As a part of this master project, it will also get tourism facilities. Firstly BMC will clean up and rejuvenate Mithi River at a cost of ₹569 crore. Read on to know more.
Mithi River In Mumbai To Get Green Belts & Mangrove Parks
The Mithi River in Mumbai will soon have some amazing tourist facilities, thanks to the BMC. As a part of their plan, authorities will set up recreational activities like boating in the river. They are also planning to enhance the green belt along its banks in Powai and Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road. Additionally, the river will also get mangrove parks and gardens to encourage aquatic life. According to a report by Hindustan Times, the civic body is working on an elaborate plan to revive the 18-kilometre long river.
Mithi River To Get Rejuvenated At A Cost Of ₹569 Crores
BMC will clean up and rejuvenate Mithi River under the civic body’s ‘Mithi Rejuvenation Plan’. This includes deepening and widening the popular river. According to The Indian Express reports BMC will lay sewer lines along the river to stop were entering into the river. Over the years Mithi river has deteriorated due to sewage from slums and industrial units directly then into the banks. But with this ₹569 crore cleanup and rejuvenation drive, you can expect a brand new look to your favourite river.
The River Is One Of The Most Polluted In Maharashtra
In 2018, the Mithi River was the most polluted river in Maharashtra. As assessment by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board showed that it contained pollutants beyond safe levels. Over the years, citizens have often stepped up to volunteer when it comes to cleaning the river. However, water pollution continues to remain a major problem, due to industrial pollution and domestic wastes. The river begins from a confluence of Vihar and Powai lakes. It flows through industrial complexes of areas Saki Naka, Kurla and Mahim. It finally meets the Arabian Sea at Mahim Creek. Despite repeated efforts to rejuvenate it over years, it still remains severely polluted.
As water pollution continues to haunt us, authorities are coming up with several initiatives to minimise it. For instance, this new plan by the BMC seems like a breath of fresh air in the city. Meanwhile, speaking of Mumbai, we’re heartily missing some of its everyday sounds!