Powai Lake is an artificial lake, situated in Mumbai, in the Powai valley. Powai Lake is one of major tourist attraction in Mumbai during Monsoon Season.
Here are 7 Reason you must visit Beautiful Powai Lake this Monsoon
1 When it was built, the lake had an area of about 2.1 square kilometres (520 acres) and the depth varied from about three metres (9.8 ft) (at the periphery) to 12 metres (39 ft) at its deepest.
2 The Powai Lake has gone through many stages of water quality degradation. The lake water which used to supply drinking water for Mumbai has been declared unfit to drink. The lake still remains a tourist attraction.
3 Before the lake was built by the British, in 1799 AD, the estate where the lake is now was leased on a yearly rent to Dr. Scott. After his death in 1816, the government took control of the estate in 1826 and leased it to Framaji Kavasji, then the vice-president of the Agricultural and Horticultural Society of Western India after whom the lake was named when it was built in 1891.
4 It is reported that the average rainfall at Powai is about 2,540 millimetres (100 in), and the lake overflows for about for sixty days each year. The overflow from the lake flows into the Mithi River.
5 Silt studies conducted in 1995 estimates in that 4500 lakh cubic metres of silt has been deposited in the lake since its construction. It supplied two million gallons of water to Bombay (now Mumbai) when it was built.
6 Government of Maharashtra reports that due to eutrophication of the lake water from untreated sewage and garbage from nearby residential and slum colonies, the lake water is unfit for drinking water use. Hence, the lake is now used for recreation, gardening, cattle washing and fishing.