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Pollution of Yamuna River

One of the things we noticed when we went to India in spring is that it is a very dirty country. Garbage is everywhere. We don't know if we should fault the Indian people or the absence of a system for garbage collection and disposal, but it seems that you can't be anywhere without garbage at your feet. No wonder the moment you step out of the plane, it seems the whole country smells bad.

In New Delhi, when we crossed the Yamuna (Jamuna) river, it was not a pretty sight. The river, like its sister Ganges (Ganga), looks like a dump. Apparently the country wants to clean up its image (and its rivers) before the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Based on our observations about India's infrastructure failing to keep up with the needs of its huge population, we aren't very optimistic.

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