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Cleansing the Yamuna

MADHUR TANKHA

A message with music...

A message with music...  

The Yamuna has tragically become a casualty to the dumping of waste material, but students of the Delhi Public School are striving to bring it back to its pristine glory. The River Yatra Project, a collaborative effort of the entire DPS family began this year.

Ethnic array... at the programme

Ethnic array... at the programme  

Continuing their endeavour to conserve the Yamuna, the D.P.S. society and Times Foundation recently organised a cultural extravaganza at the Capital's Indira Gandhi stadium. Titled "Ahvan," the programme encapsulated the efforts of the students. On the rostrum a painting of a river provided a brilliant backdrop. With the Delhi Chief Minister, Shiela Dikshit, being the chief guest, the students recited, "Mahamaya Vishwamohini". The melodious instrumental music was understandably loud as 15,000 students of the different branches of DPS, including Rohini, Vasant Vihar and R.K.Puram in Delhi, participated. Footage of the River Yatra Project, both on the banks of the Yamuna and in the school laboratories was screened by two projectors, with a voiceover, showing students, without sophisticated masks, collecting waste material from the banks of the Yamuna. The sprawling garbage was cleared with shovels. To appraise local slum dwellers about the dangers of dumping garbage into this once mighty river, the students talked to them about the imminent need for cleanliness.

Ready for action...

Ready for action...  

The River Dance was a visual delight though the decibel level of the music was a sore point. Elated by the spirited show, Shiela Dikshit seemed confident that Delhiites can take up the monumental task of clearing the Yamuna, which reportedly two billion litres of untreated sewage flows daily. She said, "Thank you for teaching us how important it is to clean the Yamuna. You have shown us the way and we will show our determination to make it happen."

Anandita, of Std. IX, said, "We used EM2, effective micro organism spray to keep mosquitoes at bay." Her classmate Dhruv said, "We sprayed an outer covering of rice to bring down the filth accumulated on the outskirts of the Yamuna."