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Agra: The city witnessed the ‘Save Yamuna’ event on Sunday evening as troops of young skaters rolled their way down the Yamuna bank in an effort to increase public awareness about river conservation.

The young skaters also carried placards with slogans that exhorted people to work for a pollution free Yamuna.

It has been reported last year that the city of the Taj is far ahead of Delhi, Kanpur or Nainital in terms of the level of black carbon in the atmosphere, one of the factors responsible for giving a yellow tinge to the 17th-century white marble monument. A study by Dayalbagh Technical Institute revealed a higher level of black carbon than in Delhi and Kanpur.

“As the lifeline of the Braj region, the dying river is a cause for concern. Effective steps should be taken to ensure a minimal flow of water in it around the year to rejuvenate the water body,” said River Connect Campaign team member Devashish Bhattacharya.

The dry river bed is posing a threat to historical monuments along the river bank in the city, said historian R Nath.

Scanty rains this year have dried up the river and its catchment area, also creating a serious drinking water problem in the city of the Taj Mahal.

“The river’s flow has been reduced to a trickle. Toxic effluents and polluted discharge from drains upstream have not only made the river an eyesore but also led to unbearable stink,” Braj Mandal Heritage Conservation Society president Surendra Sharma said. (picture courtesy: sukeindia.com) (IANS)

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Ganga Jal project in Agra postponed till August

Agra's 20 lakh odd residents are supplied water from two water works. Against the demand for 500 MLD, the supply is hardly 300 MLD. The gap is likely to be met by the new Ganga Jal pipeline which will bring Ganges water to Agra.

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A formal inauguration of the ambitious Rs 3,000 crore Ganga Jal project, to ease water supply situation in the Taj city, has again been postponed – to August.

The 130-km-long pipeline from Bulandshahar’s Palra Jhaal canal of the Ganges was to have been commissioned in November last year.

But it was postponed after the refusal of the UP-Forest Department to chop some trees.

"Agra gets only a trickle. Since there is no storage facility in Agra, the monsoon water goes waste," river activist Harendra Gupta said.
River Ganga. Pixabay

Members of the Central Empowered Committee instituted by the Supreme Court visited the site in March and sought to know how the lost green cover would be compensated. A vacant stretch in Firozabad district has now been identified where plantation work would start next month.

Agra’s 20 lakh odd residents are supplied water from two water works. Against the demand for 500 MLD, the supply is hardly 300 MLD. The gap is likely to be met by the new Ganga Jal pipeline which will bring Ganges water to Agra.

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According to Jal Nigam officials presently submersible pumps, tube wells and hand pumps are meeting the additional demand for water.

Since the Yamuna water is stored in upstream barrages from Hathini Kund, Wazirabad, Okhla to Gokul, what flows in the Yamuna in the name of water is plain industrial effluents and domestic waste plus sewer.

“Agra gets only a trickle. Since there is no storage facility in Agra, the monsoon water goes waste,” river activist Harendra Gupta said. (IANS)

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