River Yamuna: Virtual drain that supports avian life
Rivers is India has cultural, religious, social as well as economic importance. One such river is mythological river Yamuna which is a major tributary of the holy river Ganga. Pollution in this river has been well documented (Jain 2004, Paliwal et al 2007) especially through its stretch from Delhi. In this study we tried to document the dependence of birds on the river and Najafgarh Drain and sampled the variety of wetland birds found in this region. We identified at least 47 species of water birds in the wetlands of the region. Due to rapid urbanization we have been losing our aesthetic wealth, and the major cause is pollution, discharge of untreated water and encroachment along its stretch. Several policies and strategies should be made on grass root level to decrease the level of pollution in this holy river.