Last Updated : Nov 13, 2020 04:46 PM IST | Source: US should back words with actions if rejoins climate pact: Prakash Javadekar, Mumbai local trains may start for all from December if COVID-19 cases don’t see another spike, Karnataka: H D Kumaraswamy's meeting with B S Yediyurappa fuels speculation. One would imagine that cities would spread out on either side of the river, but this does not seem to be the case – certainly not in the case of ones that have grown along the banks of Yamuna and Ganga. The part that was the lake now houses the Saket District Court and the DMRC housing colony. Is there some truth to the popular story about the water of Yamuna in Delhi not being fit for drinking, and is this the reason that people living so close to the river continued to rely on water from the wells, stepwells and ponds. Since they were all at a level higher than the Yamuna, the option of using the river’s water to sustain the city was non-existent. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1494579592958-0'); }); Madhya Pradesh: 10 Killed, 20 Injured after pick-up van overturns in Shivpuri, VIDEO: Juhi Chawla stranded at airport after returning from Dubai, says 'pathetic, shameful state', MS Dhoni may give CSK captaincy to Faf du Plessis, says Sanjay Bangar, Dhanteras 2020: Know what to buy today according to your zodiac sign. Thick layer of toxic foam shrouds Yamuna in Delhi. Even in the case of Allahabad, the spread along both sides is caused by the confluence of Yamuna and Ganga. Even today, the deepest part of the ground turns into a largish pond every monsoon. All rights reserved. Below Etawah it receives a number of southern tributaries, the largest of which are … The entire quantum of fresh water flowing into New Delhi is redirected to fulfill the fresh water requirements of the city. The Indian Express is now on Telegram. The froth floating on the surface of the river is said to be a result of detergents containing high phosphate content. We have to ensure that the tributaries of yore and the nalahs of today do not carry any pollutants to the Jamna. The drying up of all these sources of water that used to trap the monsoonal water run-off has led to increasing pressure on the flow of the Yamuna. None of the old cities located along the course of Yamuna – Baghpat, Delhi, Mathura, Agra, Etawah and Firozabad – as well as the cities that have flourished along the course of Ganga – Benaras, Haridwar, Kolkata, Patna, Kanpur and Ghazipur – are spread on both sides of these rivers. Increased air pollution levels and a spike in COVID-19 cases are two of the most pressing issues faced by Delhi. (Image: AFP), Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has sealed two polluting units and ordered closure of 15 others which may have caused frothing in the Yamuna. All the capitals used sub-soil water that was tapped through deep wells or step wells. Google Photos will stop offering free unlimited storage from June 2021: What to do? At 10 am, the city recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 279 as wind speed picked up. All of them – except for the twin cities of Prayag and Allahabad, now known by the united moniker of Prayagraj – favour one side of the river. Feroze Tughlaq who built a network of canals for irrigation carried the water of Yamuna through the dry channel of the Ghaghar from Hansi to Bala Hissar (Persian for high walls), a city that he had built. Experts believe another reason for the frothing could be the release of certain gases when a specific kind of bacteria become active in anaerobic conditions - when there is no or little oxygyen available. Credit: Roehan Rengadurai/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). We have to clean our act and we have to revive our water bodies, we have to stop pressurising neighbouring states to give us water while we continue to pollute the Yamuna and force everybody living downstream of us to live off our wastage. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna), Bihar elections: More women voters step out; NDA 80% seats in constituencies with higher women turnout, Amit Shah: Oppn’s crooked vision finds fault but people with PM Modi, Chhalaang film review: Staid leap of faith. #WATCH A thick layer of toxic foam on the surface of Yamuna river seen at Kalindi Kunj in #Delhi pic.twitter.com/o4jyL7xwvE. Meanwhile, Delhi's air quality was recorded in the "poor" category on Wednesday. Subscribe Now! Samvat 2077: Will it be a year of gold or equity? Sohail Hashmi is a filmmaker, writer and heritage buff. Over the last 130 years, all the tributaries of Yamuna that carried fresh water to it have become its largest pollutants. The Surajkund lake, built according to tradition by Surajpal, is now dry. In sum, only one bank of the river has been used for inhabitation in most cities, and the probable reason is elevation – one side would be less prone to floods. Paytm Diwali Tambola: How to win up to Rs. None of the seven capitals built in Delhi over the last 1000 years had used the water of the river. The part of the canal built by Ferozeshah in Delhi was used in the time of Shah Jahan’s engineers for water to flow through the Akbarabadi Bazar, later Faiz Bazar, also known as Daryaganj, because the stream flowed through it. Najafgarh and Shahdara drains are the major drains that discharge a heavy load of pollutants into the river. None of the seven capitals built in Delhi over the last 1000 years had used the water of the river. They resumed operations with 70% capacity by Friday. He organises regular heritage walks in Delhi. Dhanteras 2020: What is the significance of buying gold and new utensils on this day? Copyright © e-Eighteen.com Ltd. All rights reserved. The froth floating on the surface of the river is said to be a result of detergents containing high phosphate content. These detergents and other organic matter gets deposited in the riverbed when the river is flowing normally. The Yamuna then passes Delhi, where it feeds the Agra Canal. 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Like all generalisations, these statements too need to be taken with more than a pinch of salt.

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