A citizens' campaign to revive the 12-kilometre Dahisar river has got a leg up by the city administration, which on Tuesday granted the necessary permissions for building a long-awaited check dam on the river, like the one at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali.
This would be the first check dam to be built on a river in urban Mumbai, after River March, a citizens' movement to save the metropolitan's four rivers, convinced the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) of the benefits of the structure, namely recharging the underground.
The citizens had cited the 14-year-old Chitale Commission report, prepared by hydrologist Madhav Chitale, which recommended a weir on the river.
River March, which had approached Art Of Living (AOL) Foundation to help build the Kolhapuri-type check dam, had secured the forest department's no-objection certificate last December. But the civic permits were pending.
"Since the check dam will be connected to the retaining walls that have been built by the BMC on both sides of Dahisar river, their permissions were mandatory despite the NOC by the forest department," said Vikram Chogle, the local BJP politician, who has been supporting the community project.
The BMC initially had its reservations about the project. Chogle said the storm water drains (SWD) department had raised some concerns.
"But we had a meeting with additional municipal commiss...