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Glucose, milk poured into Yamuna to stress crisis

IANS  |  Agra 

activists here on Sunday symbolically poured glucose and milk into the "dying and sick" river to raise awareness about the chronic plaguing the river.

Several members of the River Connect Campaign gathered by the to express their concern for the sacred river, considered to be almost "dead" due to pollutants and effluents.

As a token of gesture, they offered boxes of glucose and milk to "Maiyya" (mother Yamuna) on the occasion of Mothers' Day. It was also aimed at showing their affinity and bonding with the lifeline of the historic city.

"Unfortunately, the river has been reduced to a vast sewage canal," said.

Said Devashish Bhattacharya, "We have been demanding continuous discharge of water from upstream barrages for the survival of the river and its aquatic life. But so far nothing has been done."

Activists and said a barrage downstream of the was the need of the hour, but despite promises by the Yogi Adityanath government, no concrete action had been taken till now.

On pouring of glucose and milk into water, said activists and they were symbolic gestures to highlight the problem that the dying of the river would endanger historical edifices, like the and the Fort.

Two days ago, for Shipping and Transport had said at an election rally in that within two years tourists would be able to travel to from on the river in steamers.

A similar promise was made by him in 2015, but no follow-up action had been taken, said who performs the daily Yamuna 'aarti' ritual.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 23:08 IST
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