Mithi River: Water quality and status of pollution control initiatives

Last Modified: Thu Apr 16 2020 00:18:14 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 17.9 km
    Length of the Mithi river from its orgin in the Vihar and Powai lakes till it empties into the Arabian sea.
  • 15 lakh
    Number of tenements that have come up on either side of the river. Since most of these settlements do not have any garbage disposal system, all the solid and liquid waste is thrown into the river. Ultimately, all this waste is landing up in the sea.
  • 2 million
    Estimated number of people living in these settlements.
  • 1,500
    + Number of industrial units along the river, most of them discharging waste into the water body as noted in 2015 by Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam.
  • ₹1,000 crore
    Has been spent, In the past 13 years, to revive the river but precious little has changed on the ground.
  • 2018
    Miithi river termed as the most polluted in the state of Maharashtra.
  • 15x
    human and animal excreta present in the river is more than the safe limit accornding to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board's (MPCB) water quality assessment in 2018.
  • Rs 2,136.89 crore
    Grant towards Mithi river rejuvenation project announced by State Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam and Yuva Sena Chief Aditya Thackeray in Jun 2019.
  • 2 years
    Estimated time to complete the project which will include laying sewer lines across the river; sewage treatment plants along both banks; and around 12 bridges over the entire river stretch, of which five have been completed.
  • 5x
    Level of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) –oxygen level that aquatic life needs for survival – more than the safe limit.