Water added to Yamuna ahead of Trump visit, to reduce “foul smell”?


Ahead of the date of US President Donald Trump’s two day visit, the river Yamuna is getting beautified.  The Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department has released 500 cusecs of water into the Yamuna from the Ganganahar in Bulandshahr to improve the river’s “environmental condition” in Agra, ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit, officials said on Tuesday.


Trump is set to visit India on a two-day trip between February 23 and 26. The main segment of the visit will take place in Delhi, though an option of having a short visit by the President to another city is being explored.


The cities that are being considered include Uttar Pradesh’s Agra and Gujarat’s Ahmedabad.


“Keeping in mind US President Trump’s visit to Agra, 500 cusecs of water has been released from the Ganganahar to improve the environmental condition of the Yamuna. This water will reach the Yamuna in Mathura by February 20 and Agra by February 21 in the afternoon,” said the department’s Superintending Engineer Dharmendra Singh Phogat.


He said the department aims to maintain a certain level of water in the Yamuna till February 24.


This move is likely to reduce the “foul smell” from the Yamuna, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) Assistant Engineer Arvind Kumar said when asked about the development.


“If 500 cusecs of water has been released into the Yamuna to control pollution, it will certainly have an impact. This will also improve the oxygen level in the Yamuna in Mathura and Agra. This move may not make the Yamuna’s water fit for drinking, but could reduce the foul smell from the river,” he said.