Four years after the Mithi river wreaked havoc on July 26, it seems the issue of widening it under the airport area is still on paper. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority suggested a recipe for disaster. The MMRDA suggested that the MIAL should push concrete boxes under the runway to widen the Mithi river inside airport premises during a meeting held at Mantralaya. MMRDA commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad said that such technologies are being used to widen tunnels or drains. The Mithi river originates from the overflow of the Vihar and Powai lakes and flows into the Arabian Sea at Mahim. Over the past few decades, the river’s course has been changed. The Airport Authority of India, which managed the airport for several years before MIAL took over, was also to blame for shrinking the river’s path and changing its course. The path of Mithi that passes under the runway is just 27 meters wide. After 26/7, the government asked the Indian Institute of Technology to conduct a study. The study suggested that the river’s course should be changed and it must flow along the airport’s periphery.
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