It refers to shocking TV-report that very harmful cancer-causing ingredients are confirmed through laboratory-reports in vegetables grown on banks of rivers and drains where rivers in Delhi and other parts of the country have virtually turned into drains carrying harmful industrial waste.
Even river Yamuna about half-century back was so pure that people not only used to take daily bath, but even consumed its water as religious ritual. There were more than a dozen ghats between Nigambodh Ghat and old iron-bridge which were favourite bathing and worship points for old-timers. But all that has vanished and these ghats have turned into unauthorized and illegal residential complexes. Strict-most action is necessary against all officers who closed their eyes on ghats being converted into residential complexes.
Central and Delhi governments should take immediate measures to ban use of river-banks to some specified length from middle of the river for agricultural purposes. It will check large-scale encroachments of river-banks. All drains mixing with the river should be diverted through pipes to water-treatment plants set up at different points in the city. Ghats next to Nigambodh Ghat at Yamuna Bazar should be redeveloped by removing all residential complexes so that people may use these again for bathing, worshipping and learning swimming like used to be half-a-century ago. TV-report also showed roof-tops being used for growing vegetables in some countries. Such a phenomenon together with that of kitchen-gardens should be encouraged at least for those having bungalows and farm-houses. Rather it should be compulsory for farm-hoses to have some minimum open area for vegetable-growing.
DELHI 110006 (India)
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