Chhath Puja: Devotee Take a Dip in Yamuna’s Toxic Foam

Several devotees were seen taking a dip in Delhi's Yamuna river, which was covered in a thick layer of toxic foam, on the first day of Chhath Puja.

After Diwali people of Delhi have been suffering a lot. Residents of Delhi burst a lot of crackers during Diwali. This caused a lot of toxic smoke which mixed with fog and a thick layer of smog settled on the capital city. 

Because of the thick layer of smog, people could not see roads properly, there were accidents, people had breathing issues, itchy eyes, etc. Now a water problem has also started in Delhi. Let me tell you about it. Chhath Puja started yesterday on 8 November and it is celebrated for 4-days. It is a festival dedicated to the Sun God and mainly celebrated by the people from Bihar, Jharkhand and bordering areas in Uttar Pradesh. 


Women fast during the day and in the evening they break their fast by taking a dip in water-bodies. Many women in Delhi also observed the fast. Yesterday on the 1st day of Chhath Puja, women were seen taking a dip in the Yamuna river near Kalindi Kunj in Delhi. Shockingly, there was a lot of soap like foam on the river. This foam was not caused because of soap but because of dangerous chemicals like ammonia and phosphate which were released by industries near the river. Despite the foam, women continued to bathe in the river. The Delhi government had to stop water to various parts of the city as the chemicals had mixed in drinking water. However, the formation of toxic foam in the Yamuna is not new. This happens every year but still the government has not solved the problem.