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Pilgrims horrified by Yamuna stink

IANS  |  Mathura 

Pilgrims who have come for the Goverdhan puja and the special bath on Yam Dwitiya are anguished over the state of the river here.

The black water and the stink from rotting fish has fouled up the in Mathura that attracts lakhs of people for the festivals after Diwali.

The reported discovery of oily waste in in Mathura has sent alarm bells ringing as hydro-carbons can prove carcinogenic, according to experts. Activists have raised an accusing finger at the but the charges are unsubstantiated.

In last few days, thousands of fish have been found dead, floating on the surface. The stink from the dead fish has been a cause for concern.

Local authorities have now demanded release of water from upstream barrages, to dilute the pollutants. said more water would be released and the problem would be addressed for the convenience of pilgrims.

After a fairly good monsoon this year, the was flowing full to the brim.

"But suddenly after four months, the water seems to have disappeared and islands are now popping up. What flows in the name of water is essentially waste, sewer, effluents from industrial towns in and This liquid has killed all aqua life. Even bacteria is finding it difficult to survive," said Jagan Nath Poddar, an activist in Vrindavan.

Millions of Sri Krishna bhakts who revere Yamuna as the consort of Krishna are in anguish at the state of a holy river.

"(The) Yogi (Adityanath) government has so far done nothing to save the river. (Union Minister) had promised us a ferry service, motor boats will transport tourists from to Agra," said a member of River Connect Campaign in

The activists have been agitating since April 2015 through a daily Arti Sabha at the Etmauddaula view point park, demanding a barrage on Yamuna downstream of the Taj Mahal, and release of water from upstream barrages for the safety of Mughal monuments including the

"The situation is extremely grim," said Shravan Kumar Singh, of the



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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 19:00 IST