Dear Prime Minster Ji,
I’ve been a resident of Delhi all my life and it will always be my favourite. Although there are times my pride is turned to shame and one of the most shameful elements of the city is its very river, an apparent source of life, which is now choking on pollutants, the Yamuna. How many times do we here of campaigns about cleaning up Yamuna, but all we get are pictures of people smiling about pretending to make a difference and certificates that boast of the kind of change we have brought. I don’t mean to underestimate the efforts put by others. They obviously count and are appreciated. But what we need is a change brought on a much bigger level involving many more people including the industrialists whose factories have been spewing pollutants into the river. There are around 19 major drains that dump sewage into the river. It is said that, the water of Yamuna contains around 7900 disease causing bacteria before enteringDelhi. But after the receiving city sewage the number of bacteria increases to 24 million! The water is so polluted that one cannot even take a bath in it. Such a shame to the city that has just recently hosted the commonwealth games. Which has another range of shameful element. I don’t mean to be overtly critical, but there is very less to boast about when it comes to the sorry state of Yamuna in Delhi. So much so that a segment of the river is actually call eutrophicated due to the presence of algae and phytoplanktons. Also the reason behind its green colour in some areas. This is not a change that would come overnight. But considering the pace at which actions are being taken, the chances of seeing a better tomorrow for Yamuna are meek. I hope this wakes the responsible authorities from their deep slumber and required actions are taken immediately. If it has to be done, it has to be now! The river has faced enough cruelty, lets show the compassionate side of Delhi now.
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