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Activists up in arms over Yamuna riverbed decay

delhi Updated: Oct 24, 2012 23:46 IST
Darpan Singh

Activists working for the protection of the Yamuna are upset "at the continuous destruction of the riverbed".

The Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan (YJA), a local group, has submitted a few pictures to Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna that highlight how a natural water body in the Yamuna riverbed near Krishan Kunj in east Delhi is being filled with household waste brought in trucks.

"The pictures also suggest that the riverbed next to and downstream the water body is being converted into a solid waste dump by various agencies," said Manoj Mishra of YJA. "The National Green Tribunal, on our complaint, has ordered the removal of debris from the riverbed," he added.

The organisation has requested Khanna that the "illegal activity" should be stopped and the riverbed and water body be restored.

The YJA also wants to make a presentation “highlighting more such ongoing activities” at the next meeting of the Yamuna River Development Authority. The organisation said most of the activities it will highlight are harmful to the river, its floodplains and ecology.

Diwan Singh, another activist, said, "We told the chief secretary about the mushrooming of unauthorised colonies on the riverbed. We spoke about ecological balance and the need to check further urbanisation by giving incentives to agricultural activities or encouraging farmers to perform ecological activities such as social forestry, rainwater harvesting, biodiversity conservation etc. But he said no agricultural activity takes place in Delhi."

"But farmers have been carrying out agricultural activities for centuries here and they still do so till the DDA uproots them. Delhi’s farmers on whose land this city has come up are very depressed over such attitude of the authorities," Singh added.