“Mahim’s Mithi Nadi (River) the saviour of Mumbai from Monsoon havoc is always in news headlines before monsoon starts. Lets understand some significance and importance of Mithi river for city..”
About Mahim Creek, The Mithi River Of Mumbai
Mahim Creek (Also known as Mithi Nadi) by Mumbai people is the only river connected all the way from Vihar Lake towards Powai Lake and Reaching Arabian Sea. It is the only Creek which balances the water level of Mumbai during heavy rainfall and during Mumbai monsoon time. Its almost 16 to 17 kilometres long and this river not meant for, But mainly takes away the waste and is been considered as the biggest drainage channel of Mumbai.
Many people things its solely a drainage river / nadi of Mumbai to discharge all the industrial, residential and other factory waste. One can see picture of Mithi river for the same and if wants to know where this mithi river is, then just travel in local train between Bandra and Dadar and as the train crosses Brandra, A small bridge crosses the mithi nadi looking black and a decade back use to smell the waste.
Because of all these illegal waste and garbage dumbed into this river, It creates horrifying situation like 2006 flood of Mumbai. Blockage by plastic bags, Industrial waste and other material stuck at many locations of the river. Everyone known about the biggest flood in Mumbai that happened on 26th July 2006 which came around a century after its previous one. Since then, BMC has taken Mithi river very seriously and the cleaning process is taken place regularly before monsoon, but still not par. Excess water from major other water sources like Powai & Tulsi lake adds on to this river. Kurla, Kalina, BKC, Dharavi and Mahim is all connected to this nadi which finally leads to the huge Arabian sea.
How to reach Mumbai River
Reaching Mumbai river is easy as its Nearest location is Bandra as its between bandra and mahim station (Western Railway), One can get an Auto for same or can have a look just by travelling in local train towards Churchgate which crosses this Creek. Nothing special or attractive, yet this river is iconic and life saving in monsoon.