Yamuna river – the lifeline of Delhi – is dying. What is left now is a sewer really. How long it can sustain is anybody’s guess! Unless something is done … and done fast, not much would be left to supply water to Delhi. Many factors are responsible for it:
untreated sewerage waste
- industrial waste
- construction along yamuna
- slums and developments – unrestricted and destructive
Is history being repeated? We have seen this area of the world lose one major river (Saraswati) earlier in history – through mindless exploitation or over confidence or natural disaster … can’t really say. But how long will we keep on going like this without any thought for the future?
Some citizens are starting a campaign now – called “Jago! Dilli Jago“. I am worried that it is probably being undertaken for political gains and under certain ideology but hope it creates the awareness. I wouldn’t walk even a foot with that mad man called VP Singh.. but the agenda is worth walking around the earth!
THE AIM of ‘Jago! Dilli Jago’ is to involve the people of Delhi and make them aware about the various dangers being faced by the river Yamuna. The fourteen-day long awareness campaign (Yatra) is a move to protect the river by involving the stakeholders directly.Former Prime Minister V P Singh will launch ‘Jago! Dilli Jago’ from Samta Sthal, on October 25. The occasion will be marked by Jal Abhishek and participants will take oath and perform a Parikrama at Rajghat.The Yatra will than move across the city to make people aware about the ‘Ecological, Social and Environment impacts of the river Yamuna’, informed noted water activist and co-convener, Citizens Front for Water Democracy, S A Naqvi.
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