Written by Daman
The Yamuna is the largest tributary river of the Ganges (Ganga) in northern India. Originating from the Yamunotri Glacier at a height 6,387 meters., on the south western slopes of Banderpooch peaks, in the Lower Himalayas, it travels a total length of 1,376 kilometers (855 mi) and has a drainage system of 366,223 km2, 40.2% of the entire Ganga Basin, before merging with the Ganges at Triveni Sangam, Allahabad, the site for the Kumbha Mela every twelve years.
Yamuna is a significant figure of our National Capital (Delhi), it is the main source of drinking water in Delhi. But presently Yamuna has turned into drainage. The ever increasing population, industrial waste and urbanization have turned beautiful Yamuna into “Black Yamuna”.
The Delhi Government is working on a plan to clean The Yamuna but these plans look good on paper and unfortunately they remain on the paper only for years. Neglecting natural resources as an excuse for development for short term gains is not going to work and Nature hits back when situation goes out of control and then these developments have no meaning.
Recently an initiative “Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna” was started between 16th to 24thMarch. Lakhs of people turned up in the vicinity of Purana Qila to accept ownership of the dying river and take an action oriented pledge to clean Delhi’s lifeline in the hope of reconnection of the people to the river, and also a message to the Government and the media on the seriousness of the matter.
Even these initiatives will not work but if these things shake the sleeping Government then it’s a success otherwise our future generations are going to curse us for neglecting such beautiful symbols of Indian history. And for Delhi, Yamuna is the life line and this life line is becoming lifeless day by day.
Wake up Delhi!!
Written By Daman
(Geographical Facts taken from Wikipedia)
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