Thursday, Jul 09, 2020 | Last Update : 07:35 AM IST

106th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra2237241231929448 Tamil Nadu118594711161636 Delhi102831742173165 Gujarat37636267441978 Uttar Pradesh2996819627313 Telangana2761216287313 Karnataka2681511100417 West Bengal2383715790804 Rajasthan2140416575472 Andhra Pradesh211979745252 Haryana1799913645279 Madhya Pradesh1562711768622 Bihar12525933898 Assam12523833016 Odisha10097670354 Jammu and Kashmir89315399143 Punjab67494554175 Kerala5895345228 Chhatisgarh3415272814 Uttarakhand3230262143 Jharkhand3018210422 Goa190311568 Tripura171612481 Manipur14307710 Himachal Pradesh107876410 Puducherry104351714 Nagaland6443030 Chandigarh4924017 Arunachal Pradesh270922 Mizoram1971390 Sikkim125650 Meghalaya94432
  Metros   Mumbai  10 Apr 2018  NGO cries foul over river rejuvenation

NGO cries foul over river rejuvenation

THE ASIAN AGE. | SONALI TELANG
Published : Apr 10, 2018, 1:31 am IST
Updated : Apr 10, 2018, 1:31 am IST

BMC claims it is a measure to regulate the natural flow.

BMC said that it is being done as part a river rejuvenation project.
 BMC said that it is being done as part a river rejuvenation project.

Mumbai: The Oshiwara river tributary in Aarey Milk Colony is being subjected to concretisation, thanks to walls being built by the BMC, alleged environmental activists.

An NGO Vanashakti has written to the state government, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) along with other government bodies on Monday stating that massive walls are being built on both sides of the Oshiwara river ‘inside’ a forest, which may not only degrade the river stream but also dry up the trees in the forest.

Confirming the erection of the walls, the BMC said it is being done as part a river rejuvenation project and also to thwart littering into the stream.

Stalin Dayanand, a project director with the NGO, stated that the riverbed is being filled up with mud and rubble. “Concretisation work like this would only lead to destruction of river and forest and would open up the land for developers. We fail to understand how is the civic body carrying out construction work of retaining wall inside forest. There are no human settlements inside the site of Aarey Colony that may be in the risk of flood. In the garb of rejuvenation, they have filled almost 400 meters of the river,” said Stalin Dayanand.

“There was a bridge across the Oshiwara river which had collapsed some months ago. That river is being walked in and filled up. They are cutting the second tributary, which comes from the other side also. While it has nothing to do with metro car shed, what none of us realised is that Aarey is the source of Oshiwara river,” added Mr Dayanand.

The storm water drains department of BMC stated that the retaining wall is being constructed across all the rivers of the city. “The BMC is constructing retaining walls across all stretches of Oshiwara river. It is to channelise the water and regulate its natural flow,” said VH Khandkar, Chief Engineer, SWD department, BMC.

Pollution in Mumbai rivers

The Central Pollution Control Board has identified 49 polluted stretches of rivers in Maharashtra. Mithi river in Mumbai, Mula-Mutha in Pune and Ulhas in Ambernath  among others are the 'most polluted' river stretches.

Tags: aarey milk colony, brihanmumbai municipal corporation