mumbai river


“One of the things she most liked about the city -apart from all its obvious attractions, the theatre, the galleries was the exhilarating walks by the river- which flowed thru the city soothing the stretched nerves of every mumbaikar”

Over last 20 odd years, we in Mumbai have lost all the 4 rivers which were once flowing thru the city, soothing the nerves of every mumbaikar, giving us an opportunity to walk on the banks, after a hard day of work and giving children an opportunity play in its waters. Alas, we are left with the garbage heaps today where these rivers once flowed in all their glory.

If we still be indifferent to NATURE, WE WILL SOON PAY PRICE.


  • Clean & fresh water,

  • Beautiful view,

  • Movies were being shot in these Rivers AND ON River Banks,

  • Hygienic environment,

  • Fresh air, cool breeze,

  • Children swam in Rivers,

  • Aquatic life in Rivers,

  • Recreational spots across city near Rivers

Now the present generation relates to these once beautiful rivers of Mumbai as "Nallahs". They never knew that they are rivers... once they were clean, giving life to fishes, crocodiles and other marine animals.


  • Water-borne diseases,

  • They Breed Mosquitoes, flies and other insects and diseases associated with them – Like, Dengue, Malaria. In past few years, Dengue has taken many lives.

  • They stink. It has become difficult to breathe around these rivers.

  • They have turned into Sewer or Nallah’s.

  • Mangroves have reduced by 70% (it is also due to government destructing mangroves for urban development)

  • These Rivers end up in Arabian sea. As a result we have black sea water at our beaches – Juhu Beach, Chowpatty, Marve, Versova. Gorai or Aksa… They are full of dirt, germs, sewage, etc.

  • Water scarcity is in crisis. “EITHER WE SAVE THEM OR PAY THE PRICE
    The horrors of July 26, 2005 still haunt us every time there are predictions of heavy rainfall. We can have much heavy floods than that.

In order to set up infrastructure and accommodate the population of Mumbai, government ignored, and at many places erased these naturally existing systems (mangrove forests, wetlands, rivers). In the process of urbanization, the mangrove forests, rivers, and wetland systems (NATURE) that protected the coastal regions from high monsoon tides and floods were compromised and destroyed


  • Tidal waves

  • Floods

  • Erosions

  • Sea level rise.

Sea levels are rising due to climate change. The World Bank has ranked Mumbai as one of the most vulnerable city to sea level rise in the world – fifth in terms of overall cost of damage and seventh in terms of damage measured as percentage of GDP.
Deforesting wetlands made the city vulnerable to tidal surge, causing storm water drains to overflow back into the city during high tide.
Deeper examination suggests the urban corridors of Mumbai’s river emerge as one of the greatest potentials to not only address issues of flooding, but also create a livable and symbiotic urban environment. Mumbai’s rivers are seasonal and begin in the catchment areas in the hills of Borivali National Park, and flow via wetlands – Dahisar in the north, Oshiwara towards the west, Poisar in the centre and Mithi in the southern part of Mumbai – into the Arabian Sea.

“The collective apathy of the people of Mumbai, absence of political will, and administrative lethargy are all responsible for the current oppressive state of the RIVERS OF MUMBAI.”


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