Photographer's Note

The Yamuna is the largest tributary of the revered Ganges, but its polluted waters pose an increasing health hazard to the Indian capital.

On Delhi's sacred Yamuna River, beneath a wrought-iron bridge built by the British more than 100 years ago, the remains of the dead were falling on to the living.

From the footbridge – or else from the windows of passing cars and passenger trains – people were throwing bags containing human ashes and garlands of flowers. On the black stinking river below, children, men and women sitting astride homemade rafts waited for the bags to fall and then paddled quickly towards them, ripping them apart and collecting the polythene. Sometimes the bags broke open in mid-air, creating a cloud of ash and petals that fell on to those waiting below.

These poor people living below the poverty line collect polythene, iron or any kind of metal which can be sold in the market for cents. these childern, men and women earn $1 or $2 by the end of the day and the process goes on every day. this water is hazardous for every one and a big cause for skin desies. People like us can not even think to touch this water but they dive in to this black dirty water to collect coins or bags.

The largest tributary of the revered Ganges, the Yamuna is one of the country's most sacred rivers, and yet perhaps also its dirtiest.

Ps- i and my co-workers have formed an NGO for these poor people who lives under the poverty line. we are trying to give their childern free education and helping them to create new avenues for work. lets see how far we can take this mission.
we need you all to join in for this humble cause.

Manuj Mehta

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