Chhath Puja Devotees In Delhi Celebrate Festival In Toxic, Foam-Covered Yamuna River

by Tania Tarafdar
Chhath Puja Devotees In Delhi Celebrate Festival In Toxic, Foam-Covered Yamuna River

Several devotees took a dip in the Yamuna river near Kalindi Kunj in Delhi on the first day of the Chhath Puja celebrations amid toxic foam. Numerous devotees completed the rituals in the river with high ammonia levels during the four-day festival. Sure, devotees had to take a dip in the toxic river, but the high ammonia levels have also hit the city’s water consumption. Meanwhile, the administration is cleaning the ghats of the river in the national capital as a part of last-minute preparations.

Industrial Sewage From Haryana Increased Ammonia Levels In Yamuna

Heavy sewage and industrial waste were discharged by Haryana in the Yamuna which has caused increased ammonia levels as well as a reduction in water treatment plants. And while devotees crowd in the ghats, the administration is trying to ensure that the necessary precautions are aptly followed. The volunteers at the ghat are ensuring that the people follow all the protocols in fear of the third wave. Devotees will be provided with sanitisers and masks at the ghat too!

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Volunteers Are Ensuring Strict COVID-19 Protocols In The Ghat

Chhath Puja is a festival dedicated to the Sun God and people from Bihar, Jharkhand, and bordering areas in Uttar Pradesh mainly observe the festival. It is therefore not a surprise that the national capital sees a huge gathering of people every year during the festival. The festival begins with the ‘Nahai Khai’ ritual and is concluded after four days by performing ‘Usha Arghya.’

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We hope to see the Yamuna in better and breathable conditions.