After the festivities: Yamuna riverbed a dump yard post Ganesh Chaturthi

UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2016 09:11 PM IST 8 Photos
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Religious offerings from devotees and leftover wooden frames, idols, earthen lamps and other debris pile up on the banks of Yamuna river after the end of Ganesh Chaturthi, in Noida on September 16, 2016. Considered one of the holiest rivers in India, the Yamuna River has been dying a slow death from pollution for decades despite the investment of millions of dollars to preserve its ecosystem. Yamuna in Delhi is almost dead with water not suitable for even bathing at most places, let alone supporting aquatic life. This is primarily due to the high ammonia levels in the high discharge of industrial pollutants in the river. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Religious offerings from devotees and leftover wooden frames, idols, earthen lamps and other debris pile up on the banks of Yamuna river after the end of Ganesh Chaturthi, in Noida on September 16, 2016. Considered one of the holiest rivers in India, the Yamuna River has been dying a slow death from pollution for decades despite the investment of millions of dollars to preserve its ecosystem. Yamuna in Delhi is almost dead with water not suitable for even bathing at most places, let alone supporting aquatic life. This is primarily due to the high ammonia levels in the high discharge of industrial pollutants in the river. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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A man on a makeshift raft scouts for things that can be salvaged from the water along the banks of the Yamuna River near Kalindi Kunj. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

A man on a makeshift raft scouts for things that can be salvaged from the water along the banks of the Yamuna River near Kalindi Kunj. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Perched on a barely submerged idol, a boy looks for scrap in the stationary waters. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Perched on a barely submerged idol, a boy looks for scrap in the stationary waters. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Dead fish, possibly poisoned by the chemicals in the water, float on the surface of the Yamuna near a prayer site for the festivities. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Dead fish, possibly poisoned by the chemicals in the water, float on the surface of the Yamuna near a prayer site for the festivities. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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The barely thriving Yamuna does not have enough water for towering idols to be submerged in. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

The barely thriving Yamuna does not have enough water for towering idols to be submerged in. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Banks of Yamuna river were being cleaned for a whole day in Noida after the end of 11-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival to avoid any Dengue outbreak. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Banks of Yamuna river were being cleaned for a whole day in Noida after the end of 11-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival to avoid any Dengue outbreak. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Plastic waste and other garbage drift on the surface of the ankle-deep river at the close of the Ganesh Chathurthi festivities. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Plastic waste and other garbage drift on the surface of the ankle-deep river at the close of the Ganesh Chathurthi festivities. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Scores of idols, lamps, flower garlands and other religious paraphernalia are salvaged from the river to be sold as scrap. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Scores of idols, lamps, flower garlands and other religious paraphernalia are salvaged from the river to be sold as scrap. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2016 09:11 PM IST
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