Analyses On The Diversion Of Vihar Lake’s Surplus Water To Be Concluded Next Year By The BMC

When the Vihar Lake overflows it routes its water into the Mithi River, causing its level to rise during the monsoon.

Analyses On The Diversion Of Vihar Lake’s Surplus Water To Be Concluded Next Year By The BMC

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be completing their study on rerouting extra water during monsoon from Vihar Lake to Bhandup Water Treatment plan or Airoli Creek, next year. The water level in the Mithi River rises during the rainy season because Vihar Lake releases its excess water into it.

The civic authority, last year in November had chosen a consultant to examine the viability of the said project. The consultant is said to be studying not just the rain patterns, but the amount of water that needs to be diverted and appropriate locations to discharge the water.

According to reports, a senior official for the Storm Water Drain Department mentioned that the study is also factoring in climate change since high-intensity rainfall in a short span is becoming a regular phenomenon. He added that at present, they aren’t clear in regards to the amount of rainwater released in the Mithi River after Vihar Lake overflows. Thus, he said, studying the rain pattern becomes critical to curate the project. He went on to elucidate that the examination is expected to be completed by 2022, based on which preparation will begin.

Twice this year, in the last week, the Mithi River infringed its danger mark. 200 people residing at Kranti Nagar on the banks of the river were evacuated by the BMC and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). 

The proposal of constructing a tunnel at Mithi River to reroute the lake water was initiated by the BMC in 2019 when the Vihar Lake overflowed causing Mithi River’s water level to rise thrice. This phenomenon had caused waterlogging in many areas of the city.

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