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A Consultation on Water: The River Yamuna for UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
The river Yamuna is one of India’s most sacred rivers. Closely connected to the stories of the Hindu deity Krishna, the Yamuna is venerated and worshiped by Hindus worldwide. Despite this, the river is considered to be “dead”, so heavily polluted that no life can exist within it. After leaving the Himalayas it reaches Delhi, where the water is diverted and replaced with untreated sewage water. It is this water, which contains dangerously high levels of toxic chemicals that Hindu devotees use for worship and rituals. Despite several high profile campaigns over recent years, the plight of the Yamuna is no closer to being resolved.


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