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River March

It may come as quite a surprise to many of us who live in Mumbai that this city actually has four rivers flowing through it.  The reason for this ignorance could well be because these rivers fail to resemble rivers today, they appear more like sewers, which we prefer keeping a distance from.  It is this lack of awareness and interest in our rivers that is causing them to deteriorate into an even more pathetic state with every passing day.

To remedy this unfortunate situation, a River March is being organized along Mumbai’s four rivers – Mithi, Dahisar, Poisar, Oshiwara – on Sunday 6th March. The River March aims at bringing us citizens face to face with our rivers and motivating us to take up their cause of rejuvenation.  Of course, a single event and a single day will not magically cause the rivers to return to their pristine state – this is just the start, we need to commit ourselves to the long term battle, to fight till the rivers flow clean again.

For starters, let’s get introduced to these four rivers.

Mithi:  The Mithi River originates from the overflow of Vihar Lake and also receives the overflow from the Powai Lake about 2 km later. It flows for a total of 15 km before it meets the Arabian Sea at Mahim Creek, flowing through residential and industrial complexes of Powai, Saki Naka, Kurla, Kalina, Vakola, Bandra-Kurla complex, Dharavi and Mahim. The river has been polluted by dumping of raw sewage, industrial waste and municipal waste into the river.

Dahisar: The Dahisar River originates at the spillway of the Tulsi Lake in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in the northern reaches of the city. The River flows roughly North-West for a total of 12 kilometres through the localities of the National Park, Sri Krishna Nagar, Daulatnagar, Leprosy Colony, Kandar Pada, Sanjay Nagar, and Dahisar Gaothan before meeting the Arabian Sea via the Manori Creek. The river is now highly polluted with the dumping of industrial effluents from workshops and sewage from slums and storm-water drains into it.

Poisar: The Poisar River begins its journey in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and empties into the Marve Creek which finally meets the Arabian Sea. When it begins, the river is a mere stream. There was a time when the water was clean and the people used to use it for household purposes. Now it is highly contaminated with industrial effluents and sewage.

Oshiwara: The Oshiwara River begins in the Aarey Milk Colony, cuts through the Goregaon hills, across the Aarey Milk Colony before emptying into the Malad Creek. On the way it is joined by another creek near Swami Vivekanand Road, before picking up industrial effluents and sewage while crossing the Oshiwara industrial estates and slums of Andheri.

These are our rivers, they deserve our attention!  Do join the River March along any of the four rivers closest to you.  For further details get in touch with us at info@greenline.orgin or info@rivermarch.org

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