Vishwamitri River

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Vishwamitri River outside Vadodara
Vishwamitri River near Vadodara

The Vishwamitri river is a seasonal river which flows east to west between the Mahi and Narmada rivers in Gujarat, India. It originates in Pavagadh Hills.

The Vishwamitri flows west through the city of Vadodara and joins with the Dhadhar River and Khanpur River and empties into the Gulf of Khambhat, near Khanpur village. This river system includes the Sayaji Sarovar on the Vishwamitri River near Ajwa, and the Dev Dam on the Dhadhar Branch. As it flows through Vadodara, the Vishwamitri River is subjected to the drainage of the city's sewage and effluents from nearby industries. A study conducted in 2002 by the Crocodile Specialist Group has shown that in spite of these pollutants, the 25 kilometre stretch of the river which passes through Vadodara is the home to 100 mugger crocodiles [1].

Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) plans to establish a body for the development of Vishwamitri river on the lines of the Sabarmati Riverfront Development. It might take a long time, may be even 20 to 25 years, to develop a riverfront [2].

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