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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Yamuna deserves to be revived

Por Olivia Rosario Rodríguez

The investment could exceed US $ 2,000,000 million and extend for more than four decades, however, the goals are very noble, and is to rescue the Yamuna River, which crosses the city of New Delhi. Currently it is considered 'one of the most polluted in the world', even part of its channel lacks oxygen, a threat to the urban ecology of the capital of India.

The project, which has the support of the Embassy of Spain in India, was presented by professors from the University of Virginia and those responsible for the 'Yamuna River Project', Iñaqui Alday and Pankaj Vir Gupta., Was recently presented. It is a multidisciplinary plan since it seeks to integrate actions in the social, cultural, health, environmental or administrative field that will have an estimated cost of 2,000,000 million dollars.

The biggest problem that the river presents is when it crosses the city of New Delhi, a city with more than 20 million inhabitants. In the Indian city the Wazirabad dam is located, all the drinking water is diverted to supply the needs. The remaining channel of the river is composed of 100 percent wastewater, chemicals and garbage, which are deployed through the different channels of the city. Finally, the level of contamination is so great that it is considered a dead river, lacking oxygen.

According to the study, garbage, which has been deposited by the inhabitants of New Delhi, is the main proof that, in the Indian capital, people, grouped in communities, no longer connect with their public spaces. And historically, the Yamuna River was a source of spiritual and cultural life for New Delhi, especially before industrialization.

In the opinion of Iñaqui Alday. Since the colonization of India, the city has been the victim of an industrial process, in which water has become a product and has disappeared from the consciousness of the citizen.

The researchers concluded in their presentation that within a decade the development model of New Delhi will result in a city with no un-built or cement-free kilometers, a situation that will aggravate the consequences of floods and decimate the amount of water in the cities. phreatic levels of the city.

The measures to clean up the river include the redesign of the city's canals, the improvement of water treatment infrastructures and the creation of green spaces; but also for the recovery of the citizens' connection with the river. Something considered of great importance.