New Delhi, November 12, 2010 (IANS):The Yamuna river banks in the capital are all decked up as nearly 50 lakh people from Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand in the capital prepare for the rituals of Chhath puja on Friday to worship the sun god. Surya Shashthi, or Chhath puja as it is popularly known, is observed by the Poorvanchalis - the people from Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. The four-day festival which started on Wednesday, will Friday see thousands of devotees going to the banks of the Yamuna and other water bodies for the ceremonial first 'Arghya' (the ritual offering of water) to the setting sun.
Yamunotri to close for winter on November 7
Dehra Dun, October 29, 2010 (PTI) The famous shrine of Yamunotri, the source of river Yamuna, would close down for winters on the occasion of Bhaiyaduj on November 7, official sources said today. Yamunotri would be closed for pilgrims for winter period at 1345 hrs on November 7, said Udai Singh Rana, Chairman of Yamunotri temple committee. Situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttaranchal, Yamunotri remains closed for pilgrims during the months of October and November every year as the area remains snow-bound during the period and reopens in April-May the next year.
Yamuna in spate, Jairam Ramesh for better management
NEW DELHI, October 26, 2010: The National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) has formulated a concept paper for water augmentation in the 22km stretch of the Yamuna that flows through the capital. In a letter written recently to chief minister Sheila Dikshit, minister of environment and forests Jairam Ramesh has asked the Delhi government to "take full advantage" of the fact that the river is in full spate after a 30-year gap and either upstream storage facilities or recharge wells in the flood plain must be made to tap excess monsoon water each year. (TOI)
Panel proposes Yamuna authority to save river
NEW DELHI, October 20, 2010: A high-powered committee has recommended that a Yamuna River Development Authority should be constituted along the lines of the Ganga authority that will be responsible for the entire stretch of the river from Yamunotri — where it starts from the glacier — to Allahabad where it finally meets the Ganga. The authority will have jurisdiction over inter-state water wars and will see to the implementation of all other recommendations of the committee, including conservation of monsoon water to be released throughout the year, dredging of the river and implementation of the moratorium on construction on the riverbed. The recommendations have already been sent to the PMO. The committee had been formed in 2007, with the lieutenant-governor of Delhi
The water level in the Yamuna is 1.65 metre above the danger mark
New Delhi, September 22, 2010 (PTI) Heavy rains today continued to lash the city which led in rise of water level in the river Yamuna which has been flowing well above the danger mark of 204.83 metres. The rain gauges measured 30 mm of rainfall for a period of 24 hours till 8:30 AM. Rains resulted in waterlogging in many areas and it slowed vehicular movement in places like Nizamuddin, Dhaula Kuan, ITO, Vikas Marg and parts of Ring Road.The water level in the Yamuna had touched 206.48 metres last night which is 1.65 metre above the danger mark of 204.83 metres.
Bridge over Yamuna closed as water continues to rise
New Delhi, September 21: The iron bridge over river Yamuna in Delhi has been closed once again as the river continued to flow above the danger level. This will affect rail traffic from Old Delhi Railway Station. The water level has reached to 206.09 meters, more than a meter above the danger mark. Flood threat loomed large over Delhi as neighbouring Haryana on Monday released 7.5 lakh cusec of water into Yamuna, the highest discharge in last 100 years on a single day.Source: NDTV