On Monday, devotees were seen taking bath in the Yamuna river near Kalindi Kunj in Delhi. Taking dip on Yamuna is a part of ritual on chhath puja. Celebrations of Chhath puja have begun. This is a four day festival celebrated by people. But the river is covered with toxic foam which looks like snow. The water of river is too contaminated for consumption. The ghats of the national capital are cleaned last minute for Chhath preparation.
Earlier, DJB vice-chairman Raghav Chadha, said due to heavy sewage and industrial discharge from Haryana, water production was hit. He said, “Heavy sewage and industrial waste were discharged by Haryana during Diwali in the Yamuna. Increased ammonia levels forced a reduction in water treatment plants (WTPs) operating capacity by 50 percent. Delhi Jal Board’s marvelous work has led to the WTPs operating at full capacity now.”
In an interview with ANI, Randheer Kumar, President of Chhath Puja Samiti of Vikas Nagar area, said, “Chhath Puja is a festival of faith. People come together to celebrate this `mahaparv` with joy. We will follow all the COVID-19 protocols here at the ghat. I urge people to maintain distance and avoid gatherings. We are celebrating this festival for decades and this year, our volunteers at the ghat are ensuring that the people follow all the necessary precautions in wake of the pandemic. We will provide masks and sanitisers to the people too.”