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Waste flowing in Mithi River raises concerns during Mumbai Monsoon


Waste flowing in Mithi River raises concerns during Mumbai Monsoon
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Every year ahead of monsoons in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) assigns the concerned teams to clean the Nullah's across the state to ensure that the waste does not flow to the rivers and canals. However, reports state that the operation was not conducted this year before the Mumbai monsoons

Officials have reported that piles of garbage are still flowing into the Mithi River. Members of the River March Association have been working on these rivers, and on Tuesday they inspected the Mithi river which flows near the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) area. It was said that a large amount of garbage was still flowing. Besides BKC, members also visited some areas like Dahisar, Oshiwara and Poisar, where they found mud, debris, industrial and other waste being mixed with the river water.

It was understood that more waste was found near the Wakola Nala where thermocol boxes were found along with plastic waste, near a COVID-19 Center located just 300-meters away in the area. 

Incase of monsoon, if the situation worsens, residents may have to face waterlogging and this could become a major concern in these areas. Officials from the association also raised questions regarding the threat this could pose to the nearby coronavirus treatment facility.

As per reports, officials in 2019 had proposed to install a mesh to ensure that the flowing waste is stopped and collected at one point in the river. However, no necessary measures regarding this have been taken yet.

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