13.04.2011 (PTI): Religious leaders and NGOs here have taken up the cause of river Yamuna by protesting against the district administration’s alleged inaction over halting pollution levels and cleaning it. While the Harinam Pracharini Sabha and BKU (Bhanu group) have taken out the ‘Sangam to Delhi Yatra’ to catch attention of the authorities, religious leaders like Nand Das Maharaj and Ramesh Pujari have started an indefinite fast over the issue. Students and trader organisations have also taken part in protesting against the inaction. “We will intensify our agitation if authorities do not heed to our demands made through peaceful means,” Uma Shakti Peethadeeshwar Ram Devanand Saraswati in Vrindavan said. Gopeshwar Nath Chaturvedi, who has filed a PIL in High Court over pollution in river Yamuna, expressed happiness over the way the issue is gaining momentum. The district administration on its part has held meetings and orders have been given to take measures to curb pollution. “Agencies responsible for checking the pollution of the river have been warned and orders have been issued to ensure a total ban on unauthorised slaughtering of animals along the river,” District Magistrate NG Ravi Kumar said. Medical authorities have also been asked to ensure installation of incinerators by hospitals and nursing homes to dispose off their medical waste, he said. “Proposal to set up a new residential colony in Yamuna Khadar has been stalled while the MVDA has also been directed for not giving any new building permissions in Yamuna Bangar till effective drainage system is laid,” he added after holding a meeting of the agencies associated with Yamuna Karya Yojna. Assistant Director of Yamuna Karya Yojana(Information) SK Dubey said Jal Nigam and Municipal Board of Mathura have been asked to purchase suction machines to prevent choking of sewage lines.