Vihar Lake is located near Vihar village Situated in Borivali National Park, also called the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, in North Mumbai. It was considered as the largest lake in Mumbai in the Salsette group of islands.
6 amazing things about Mumbai’s popular Vihar Lake
1 Its construction started in 1856, and it got completed in 5 years in 1860. When built in 1860, it was considered as the largest lake in Mumbai in the Salsette group of islands.
2 Do you know that Vihar Lake partly meets the drinking water needs of the South Mumbai region. It supplies only 3% of the Mumbai city’s water requirement, after filtration at Bhandup where the large water filtration plant is located.
3 Access to the lake for the general public has been curtailed since March 13, 1993 following the Bombay Blasts on March 12, 1993 due to perceived threats to the Mumbai public, as the lake is located in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
4 Vihar Lake is popular destination of Bollywood producers. It can be viewed in many Bollywood movies in a long shot taken from Mumbai Film City, as seen in the pics.
5 The lake has a maximum water depth of 34 m and a minimum of 12 m. The lakes water spread area is 7 km2. The dam height was raised in 1872 resulting in increase of water supply from 32 million gallons (catering to a population of 0.7 million) to 36 million gallons.
6 As the lake is situated inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the flora and fauna reported for the park would be relevant to the lake. However, fresh water crocodiles Mugger or Marsh crocodiles (Crocodilus palustris) are known to inhabit the lake in sustainable numbers. As it is difficult to sight them in the lake, the park has set up a Crocodile Park’ to view the reptiles of different sizes