Before US President Donald Trump's two-day visit to India next week, Agra is going through some kind of makeover. In Yamuna, one of the most important rivers in the country, roads are painted and fresh water is released.
A security team from the United States visited the legendary Taj Mahal, one of the country's most beautiful monuments, on Monday. The same day, Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath also visited the city to review the arrangements.
Over the past few days, the Uttar Pradesh irrigation department in Yamuna has released more than 500 cusecs of water, often referred to as the lifeline of Delhi and UP. The river that flows through Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh has suffered greatly from industrial and wastewater pollution in recent decades.
The move will likely reduce Yamuna's "bad smell," Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) deputy engineer Arvind Kumar was quoted by PTI news agency.
"If 500 cusecs of water are released into the Yamuna to control pollution, this will improve the oxygen levels in the river in Mathura and Agra. It may make the river water non-drinkable but could reduce the foul smell," he said.
The roads between Agra Airport and Taj Mahal are also being redesigned. More than 3,000 artists from Agra, Mathura, Vrindavan will present cultural events along the 13 km route when President Trump visits the city. It is also expected that over 20,000 screened school children will set up the route.