Over 70 Heartbreaking Pictures Depict Horrific Death of India’s Holy River Yamuna
Very recently, two holy rivers of India, Yamuna and Ganga, were declared as a human entity by the High Court of Uttarakhand. That implies one should look at the rivers as living people. If it’s so, then we have already murdered them by choking into toxic chemicals, industrial waste, millions of littering of raw sewage discharged daily, plastic, and rubbish generated by religious activities.
If we talk of Yamuna, people cling to the hypocrisy in which they are exposing the revered river to a humiliating death while worshiping it. In the last 22 years, Rs 2,000 crore has been spent on Yamuna clean-up. But nothing has improved.
The standard limit of total coliform (mostly human and animal excreta) is 5,000 mpn/100 ml. But in the Yamuna, the figure is in lakhs and even crores. The dissolved oxygen (DO) level in the waters is way beyond grooming aquatic life. In fact, the Yamuna has virtually no aquatic life.
The biggest culprit is Delhi that is about a third of the way down the 855-mile Yamuna River. The stretch of Yamuna that flows through Delhi is only 2 percent of the river, but accounts for 80 percent of the river’s pollution.
Studies claim that the water of Yamuna isn’t safe for any purpose even if it’s treated with even modern methods available.
Even expensive water treatment technologies are incapable of treating the polluted river water. And, the conventional water processes based on chemical filtration and biological treatment are not suitable for removing the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS),
stated the study published in the International Journal of Engineering Sciences and Research Technology.
Upstream from Wazirabad — before the river enters Delhi — it is home to turtles, different species of fish, crocodiles and an abundance of aquatic plants and phytoplankton. But as it enters Delhi, the river starts to die.
It’s disheartening that India continues to watch death of this River, which was once called life-line of North India, silently and helplessly.
Chemical waste, Pollutants dumped in River Yamuna
An iceberg of chemical waste dumped by factories along the Yamuna River
Piles of laundry from hotels lay in the mud along the Yamuna River
Chemicals spill out from one of the tanneries of Kanpur
Chemical waste dumped into the Yamuna leaving river blanketed in toxic foam
A devotee takes a dip in the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati in Allahabad. Photographs Jitendra Prakash/Reuters
Housing next to open sewers in Noida
Bleach laundry in polluted Yamuna River
Children search the polluted Yamuna River for religious items tossed in from bridges above
Man and child bathe in the Yamuna River
Raw sewage spills directly into the Yamuna River at the northern edge of New Delhi
Toxic foam in Yamuna River
Hindu women perform their morning ritual in the highly polluted Yamuna River
A man bathes and fills bottles with water from a foamy, polluted section of the Yamuna River near the outskirts of New Delhi
Washerman washes pieces of cloth on the banks of the Yamuna River
Indian men bathe in an industrial waste-foam polluted section of the Yamuna River, on the outskirts of New Delhi
Man searches for coins in the polluted waters of the Yamuna river in New Delhi
Children who live along the banks of the Yamuna River in ramshackle huts hunt for coins and anything valuable they can collect
Man makes an offering on the banks of an industrial waste-foam polluted section of the Yamuna River in New Delhi
Litter and debris float down a stretch of the Yamuna River in Delhi
Devotee bathes in the Yamuna river in New Delhi
Hindu bathing site in the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi
Stray dog searches for food in the polluted water of the river Yamuna in New Delhi
Man fills water from the polluted river Yamuna in New Delhi
Indian washermen wash their clothes on the banks the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi
Woman collects plastic refuse floating on the waters of The River Yamuna in New Delhi
Thick foam flows down the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi at dawn
The bank of the polluted Yamuna River, on the outskirts of New Delhi
Heavily Polluted Yamuna River
Boy walks into the polluted river Yamuna in New Delhi as part of everyday life
A devotee carries a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh through the polluted waters of the river Yamuna in New Delhi
Man bathes in the polluted waters of the river Yamuna in New Delhi
Plastic pollution of the Yamuna river bank at Kalindi Kunj
Dead Yamuna River Photo
A Swachh Bharat Abhiyan banner was seen hanging on a fence in the canal amidst the waste
The Kalindi Kunj bank of Yamuna after a religious procession left
A child and his grandfather fish out valuable remains from religious offerings in the river
The water levels under the Iron Bridge remain low almost throughout the year, and only cross the danger mark in monsoons
Child plays with polluted foam after the overnight Chhath Puja celebrations wrapped up
Open Sewage that dumped in Yamuna
Wastewater from textile dyeing industry discharged into Yamuna
Stretch of Yamuna polluted with untreated industrial wastewater in South-East district, New Delhi
A man throws the puja offerings in Yamuna River at the end of Navratri festival in New Delhi
A giant Idol of Hindu goddess Durga suspends from a crane before it is immersed in the River Yamuna during Durga Puja festival in New Delhi
The Yamuna River flowing through the city of Agra, home to the iconic Taj Mahal
Yamuna near Taj Mahal
Rag pickers search for coins, gold and offerings in the polluted waters of the Yamuna River after the Navratri festival
Dead River Yamuna in Delhi