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Fact Check: A decade old image from Philippines passed off as Mumbai’s Mithi River

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A decade-old photograph of a river filled with garbage and plastic from Manila, Philippines has been passed off as Mithi river in Maharashtra by BJP leader Preeti Gandhi.

BJP leader Priti Gandhi posted two images on her official Twitter handle. The first image shows a clean and beautified Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, whereas the second one, allegedly from Mithi river in Mumbai, shows garbage and plastic strewn all over the place. She claimed that the Mithi River is in poor condition despite the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) spent Rs 1,000 crore+ on its development.

“Pic 1 – Sabarmati Riverfront, Ahmedabad, Gujarat (Fund spent by Gujarat State: ₹1400 crores). Pic 2 – Mithi River, Mumbai, Maharashtra (Funds spent by BMC & MMRDA: ₹1000+ crores),” Gandhi tweeted with the hashtags #TaleOfTwoCities and #ModiHaiToMumkinHai." Her tweet reads

The same image was also shared by many social media users. A Twitter user name Rishab Sarkar shares the same image with the same claim.

Fact Check

In our investigation, we found that the image of the Mithi river in Mumbai shared by Priti Gandhi is an old one from Manila, Philippines.

First Image:-

After doing a reverse image search, we found the image in a photo story article by The Economic Times published on 18 November 2013.

Second Image:-

The second image of the plastic-choked Mithi river as claimed by Priti Gandhi is fake.

After doing a reverse image search on google, we found the original image on iStock by Getty Images. The image was taken on January 6, 2008, in Manila, Philippines. The caption read, "A river of garbage clogs a creek in Manila. Poverty and garbage disposal are major problems in the Philippines."

We also found the same image on a website name Alamy.

In conclusion, a decade-old photograph of a river filled with garbage and plastic from Manila, Philippines has been passed off as Mithi river in Maharashtra by BJP leader Preeti Gandhi.

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