Neglect of a river

Reclaiming the Mithi

Print edition : December 07, 2018

The Mithi at Filter Pada Circle, Phule Nagar, north-west Mumbai, resembles an open sewer more than a river. The wall was built after the 2005 deluge. Photo: Emmanual Yogini

Terminal T2 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, with the Mithi in the foreground. Construction of the airport forced the river off its course, and this area was reclaimed by the Airports Authority of India and used for the extension of the runway in the late 1980s . Photo: Vijay Bate

Bharat Nagar at the Bandra-Kurla Complex. The Mithi merges into Mahim Creek after this point. Photo: Emmanual Yogini

Scrap dealers thrive along the banks of the Mithi. Old cars are dumped and sold as scrap, and any waste goes into the river. Photo: Emmanual Yogini

The neglect and institutionalised abuse of River Mithi, which originates in Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai, forebodes another disaster if the city’s infrastructure and development are not taken in hand.
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