The old and dilapidated bridge that once stood over the Mithi River was demolished in December 2020.
The old and dilapidated bridge that once stood over the Mithi River in Mumbai, was built in 1940. It was declared dangerous last year and subsequently demolished in December 2020. Following this, the BirhanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) constructed a new bridge over the Mithi River. This east-west connecting road bridge has been completed in a record time period of five months owing to the lockdown, as the traffic was minimal and regulated.
1.20-metre wide footpath included
The construction of the bridge over Mithi River has been completed before the onset of monsoons, as planned, despite several staff and workers getting sick due to the coronavirus. Now open to traffic, the bridge connects the Filterpada area of the eastern suburbs to the Aarey Colony in the western suburbs and is considered as a crucial link for the city.
The newly built bridge is 34 metres long, 24 metres wide and 7 metres high and it has been recently opened for traffic. In comparison, the old bridge was much smaller as it was only 20 metres long, 7 metres wide and 6 metres high. Further, the new bridge incorporates a 1.20-metre wide footpath on both sides and 2 metres are kept aside, for waterlines and other utilities.
This river is Mumbai's only freshwater river originating from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. It passes near Powai to the south and finally merges with the Bandra Creek. Further, it is notoriously famous to flood during the monsoon season and that's why the new bridge has a protective wall built to protect it from the monsoon fury of the Mithi River.