The river Yamuna, the lifeline of Delhi, is gradually dying. Rampant industrial pollution and untreated sewage is choking the river. Despite government norms, the sewage treatment plants continue to be underutilized. The city generates 650 million gallons of sewage per day against an installed capacity of 512 million gallons. But only 350 million gallons of sewage reaches the treatment plants.
Bacterial contamination in the Ganges has exceeded the maximum permissible limit at a number of locations even as 80 per cent of pollution in the river is due to discharge of sewage, the government said today.