A River Drained Dry

Taj MahalThe Yamuna River is considered one of India’s most sacred rivers. It supports 57 million people every day, more than the populations of Canada, Greece and Ireland combined.

Despite its incredible importance, the Yamuna has become a dumping ground of toxic industrial and agricultural waste, untreated sewage, garbage and dead bodies.

Amazingly, every drop of the Yamuna’s water is siphoned off by the time it reaches New Delhi. What is left behind is an empty riverbed, which the city then fills up with its sewage. This forms the basis of the drinking water for people living downstream, in locations including Agra, home of the famed Taj Mahal.

When a river falls sick, it affects the health of the community that depends on it. An estimated 80% of all health problems and one-third of deaths in India are attributable to water-borne disease.

The most polluted river in India, the Yamuna’s current path is unsustainable and unjust to all Indians living along its banks. Consisting of 40% of the Ganga Basin, the Yamuna can only be resuscitated if people join forces to protect this vital resource.

Yamuna in DelhiYou can help by supporting the National Ganga River Rights Act, which will provide legal safeguards to the Yamuna, the largest tributary of the Ganga.

Sign our Petition Today and Be the Change. 

To make signing easier, the National Ganga Rights Movement has placed two petitions online. Please select your favorite option and let your voice be heard!

On Avaaz.org: Sign our Petition for Ganga’s Rights

On Causes.org (Through Facebook): Sign our Petition for Ganga’s Rights