That seems to be the fate of Agra, once the splendid capital of India and still home to the best examples of Mughal-era architecture in this country.
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The Yamuna, as it winds its way through the north Indian heartland from the Himalayas to the sangam in Allahabad, is the dumping ground for all the cities it flows through—industrial waste from Haryana, raw sewage from Delhi.
By the time it reaches Agra’s treatment plant, the water is still, dark and giving off the most unbearable stench.
This is the story of most rivers in India— ironic that a civilization which regards them as sacred should profane them so. Still, there may be reason for hope. Delhi and Agra are trying in their own way to clean up their act and so hopefully will other cities and towns located on India’s rivers. They need to be stopped from being used as the country’s national sewage system before they turn into swamps.