The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the government to respond to a
petition that seeks a robust mechanism to prevent vegetables and fruits
cultivated along the Yamuna from getting contaminated by the river’s toxic
waters. The fresh-looking vegetables and fruits grown along the river banks
have been found to contain extremely harmful elements such as lead, mercury and
arsenic. “Their consumption can cause ailments ranging from cholera, skin
allergies, brain failure to cancer,” said Dr Rommel Tickoo, a senior consultant
at Max hospital.