Trump in India: Water Released into Yamuna to Remove ‘Foul Smell’
The Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department has released 500 cusecs of water into the Yamuna.
The Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department has released 500 cusecs of water into the Yamuna from the Ganganahar in Bulandshahr to improve the river's “environmental condition” in Agra, ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit, officials said on Tuesday, 18 February.
Trump is set to visit India on a two-day trip between 23 and 26 February. The main segment of the visit will take place in Delhi, though an option of having a short visit by the president to another city is being explored.
The cities that are being considered include Uttar Pradesh's Agra and Gujarat's Ahmedabad.
“Keeping in mind US President Trump’s visit to Agra, 500 cusecs of water has been released from the Ganganahar to improve the environmental condition of the Yamuna. This water will reach the Yamuna in Mathura by 20 February and Agra by 21 February afternoon,” the department’s Superintending Engineer Dharmender Singh Phogat said.
He said the department aims to maintain a certain level of water in the Yamuna till 24 February.
This move is likely to reduce the “foul smell” from the Yamuna, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) assistant engineer Arvind Kumar said when asked about the development.
“If 500 cusecs of water has been released into the Yamuna to control pollution, it will certainly have an impact. This will also improve the oxygen level in the Yamuna in Mathura and in Agra. This move may not make the Yamuna's water fit for drinking, but could reduce foul smell from the river,” he said.
Gopeshwar Nath Chaturvedi who is associated with the Shri Mathur Chaturved Parishad that is working to clean the Yamuna, said, “The move will hardly have any impact on the river.”
(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)
(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)
We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.
Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.