Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Yamuna: India's Natural Asset

River Yamuna , with a total length of around 1,370 kilometers (851 mi), is the largest tributary of the Ganges (River Ganga) in northern India. Yamuna is considered the most sacred among all the rivers as per Hindu mythology. Its source is at Yamunotri, in the Uttarakhand Himalaya, in the Himalayan Mountains. It flows through the states of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, before merging with the Ganges at Allahabad. The cities of Delhi, Mathura and Agra lie on its banks.

As a fact now, Yamuna is one of the most polluted rivers in the world, especially around Delhi, which dumps about 57% of its waste into the river. Delhi alone contributes around 3,296 million litres per day of sewage in the river. Even the the Supreme Court Justice B.S. Chauhan, sitting in a bench, headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan could not refrain from observing that "it is no more a dirty Yamuna but a dirty drain"
In a scenario when World is facing number of environmental threats such as global warming, anthropogenic pollution, deforestation, etc., it becomes our responsibility to join hands and raise voice to creat awareness among people to fight for their right to 'save yamuna and keep it clean' forever.