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Vaitarna River.jpg
Vaitarna River, View from Silent Hill Resort
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationMaharashtra
MouthArabian Sea
 ⁃ location
Palghar district, Maharashtra
Length154 km (96 mi)approx.

The Vaitarana River is a river in Nashik and Palghar district of Maharashtra. Tanasa is its left bank tributary and Pinjal, Dehraja, Surya are its right bank tributaries. Upper stretches of Vaitarna are clean but in lower stretches it's polluted due to untreated industrial and civic waste. Vaitarna is one of the most polluted rivers in India.[1]


It originates in Sahyadri mountain ranges near Trimbakeshwar. It has a confluence with the Tanasa just before it enters the Arabian Sea. Jhow and Wadhiv islands lie in its estuary. Arnala Island lies off its mouth. It has three major dams which supply water to Mumbai.


Vaitarna supplies much of Mumbai's drinking water. It is the largest river in the Northern Konkan region and drains Maharashtra's whole Palghar District.


The SS Vaitarna, a steamship, was named after the river.


  1. ^ Badri Chaterjee (4 October 2017). "Maharashtra has the most polluted rivers in India: Report". Hindustan Times. Mumbai. Retrieved 18 October 2017.

Coordinates: 19°42′N 72°56′E / 19.700°N 72.933°E / 19.700; 72.933