India lockdown: Yamuna water turning transparent sans human activity

Rakesh Tewari, vice president, Mathur Chaturved Parishad, said after 42 years, we could see clear Yamuna waters on ‘Yamuna Chhath’ on March 30.

By   |  Published: 5th Apr 2020  4:14 pm
New Delhi: After a long while, river Yamuna is flowing full and cleaner at this time of the year. Stretches of Yamuna that flows through Delhi, were sparkling blue, on Apr 5, 2020. The shutting down of industries due to the lockdown over COVID-19 pandemic has made all the difference to the river that accounts for 76% of the river's total pollution. (Photo: IANS)

Mathura: Nature activists and enthusiasts are thrilled to find that the water of River Yamuna is gradually turning transparent in the wake of the national lockdown imposed to arrest the spread of coronavirus.

Rakesh Tewari, vice president, Mathur Chaturved Parishad, said after 42 years, we could see clear Yamuna waters on ‘Yamuna Chhath’ on March 30.

pollution control board officers, social organisations and other nature lovers have credited the lockdown for the clean waters of Yamuna.

Normally, Yamuna river gets polluted due to bathing by floating population, throwing flowers, garlands and other worship material as well as the industrial affluent, District Pollution Control Board officer Arvind Kumar said.

Social activist Gopeshwar Nath Chaturvedi, who had filed a PIL in Allahabad High Court in 1998 for cleaning Yamuna, said the major game changer has been reduced discharge of industrial affluent into the river.

“Since factories are not discharging their affluent in Yamuna, owing to their closure during the lockout, the river water is gradually turning clean,” he said.