Pavana River

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The Pavana River is a notable river crossing the city of Pune, India. The river originates south of Lonavala from the Western Ghats, and flows a total of nearly 60 kilometres (37 mi) to meet Mula river in Pune City.

Pavana River
Pavana River at Ravet
Native nameपवना नदी
Physical characteristics
 • locationWestern Ghats
 • elevation650 m (2,130 ft)
 • location
Mula River
Length58 km (36 mi)


Pavana River originates from the Western Ghats, about 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Lonavala. Flowing eastwards initially, it becomes southbound and passes through the suburbs of Ravet, Thergaon, Chinchwad, Pimpri and Dapodi before its confluence with the Mula river near Sangvi.

An earthfill gravity dam forms the Pavana reservoir. The dam, constructed in 1972, is 1,329 m (4,360 ft) long and 42.37 m (139.0 ft) high, with a gross storage capacity of 0.24 km3 (0.058 cu mi).[1]

Environmental DegradationEdit

The river is reported to be severely polluted, causing the civic activists to blame the governing body for not taking appropriate steps to limit the degradation. Accumulation of silt and discharge of untreated industrial waste are the major factors of pollution of the river, and has made the river water unfit for any activity.[2]


  1. ^ Central Water Commission. "Specifications of large dams in India" (PDF). Central Water Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  2. ^ Express News Service (18 July 2013). "Pavana river is highly polluted: PCMC report". The Indian Express. Retrieved 4 May 2014.

Coordinates: 18°34′N 73°50′E / 18.567°N 73.833°E / 18.567; 73.833