Article from The Times of India
Hundreds of ‘sadhus’ from Braj Mandal, `bhakts’ of Lord Krishna, farmers, environmentalists and residents of Etawah participated in a `padyatra’ to save the Yamuna from pollution.
The march which started from Allahabad on March 3, covered Kaushambi, Fatehpur, Kanpur and Auraiyya to reached Etawah on Tuesday.
A dharna will be held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on April 15 to highlight the issue.
Holding placards and banners, the `patyatris’ assembled on the banks of Yamuna in Etawah and sang `bhajans’ and `kirtans’ in order to gather support for the cause.
“Yamuna, considered as a pious in mythology, is now counted among the most polluted rivers in India,” said Bhanu Pratap Singh, president Bhartiya Kisan Union, Mathura. Delhi alone contributes around 3,296 mld (million litres per day) of sewage in the form of drains which fall into the river. Lakhs of people are living in the slums on the banks of Yamuna river, he said. Shortage of sewage treatment plants and lack of sanitation facilities in Delhi are responsible for polluting the Yamuna. The problem is further compounded by lack of minimum perennial fresh water flow in the river along the stretch starting from Wazirabad, Singh added.