The Yamuna – uncertain river
What is however less known is the startling fact that the river does not really exist as one. Upstream of Delhi, in the adjoining State of Haryana, the river waters are diverted into the Western and Eastern Yamuna Canals, to irrigate agricultural fields. A lot of water is used up here, as farming practices over the past few decades have included very water intensive crops like rice, after the Green Revolution in India. The canals return some of water back to the river barely 50km upstream of Delhi, which is the city’s drinking water which is cleansed at Wazirabad.. Beyond this point, barely 5% of the river carries fresh water whilst the rest is sewage. The Yamuna is a ‘river’ which does not flow!