To mark an end to Chatth Puja, thousands of devotees in the capital stood in knee-deep toxic foam in the Yamuna river to offer prayers on November 3rd, 2019.
Due to pollution and smog in the skyline of Delhi, the devotees were unable to see the rising sun. The helpless devotees were forced to offer prayers by risking their lives by standing in the toxic foam.
As videos and images of the horrific sight where devotees braved the hazardous pollution went viral on social media, netizens called out at each other to act now or the future is dark.
Some also, questioned that “is religion really worth to take such health risks?”
An IFS officer, Parveen Kaswan tweeted “nothing has changed since the past one year. Due to pollution, no sunlight, no water to touch. This is called a breakdown of ecosystem.”
It may be mentioned, Yamuna river is the main source of water in Delhi and it is one of the most polluted rivers in the country. A total of 19 drains flow into the river contributing to the 96 per cent of pollutants in the river.
Also, this is not a new picture in Delhi and it has become a yearly phenomenon. Here the fact is, each year, the foams are rising and it’s high time to save the planet from such a hazardous threat or else, doomsday is just around the corner.
Photo credit: @ParveenKaswan