After Ganga in Varanasi, Patna, trash skimmers to clean Yamuna

  • Ritam Halder, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 07, 2016 23:23 IST
A trash skimmer at work on the Yamuna on Saturday. One machine costs Rs 4.5 crore (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)

There’s good news for the dirty Yamuna river in the Capital. Now a trash skimmer will clean the river and its various nallahs.

The first trash skimmer procured under the third Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) was flagged off by Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti in the presence of Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra on Saturday. It has the capacity to pick up 10 tonnes of solid waste daily.

A trash skimmer, which cleans filth while floating on the river, costs R4.5 crore.

Out of the total expenditure under Yamuna Action Plan-III, 85 per cent will be borne by the Centre. The Delhi government will pay for the rest.

According to officials, such machines have already been deployed at Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur and Patna to clean the large quantity of filth draining into the Ganga every day.

Decades of planning have been done and thousands of crores have been thrown down the drain to clean the Yamuna. But one of the main problems is the waste being dumped in the river.

Union water resources minister Uma Bharti and Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra at the launch of the trash skimmer near ITO in New Delhi on Saturday. (Raj K Raj /Hindustan Times)

If need be, we will deploy more such skimmers. We are treating solid waste, sewage waste and if we get any proposal from the state, we will treat chemical waste, too,” Bharti said at the launch at Chhath Ghat, near ITO.

The skimmer, however, is part of a fresh “wholesome” action plan worth around R825 crore.

Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra said it was a “historic” moment and the authorities will ensure “not a single” drop of filthy water flows into the river after the next two-and-half years.

The YAP-III, an initiative under the Centre’s ‘Namami Gange’ programme, includes rehabilitation and modernisation of STPs of a total of 814 MLD capacity at Okhla, Kondli and Rithala and construction of a new 136-MLD capacity STP at Okhla. Rehabilitation of sewer lines and rising mains in the catchments of Kondli and Rithala STPs and public outreach activities will be carried out.

Apart from this, repair and rehabilitation of sewer lines and rising mains in Kondli, Rithala, Narwana Road, Anand Vihar, Hargovind Enclave, Vikas marg, Ashok Vihar and Jahangirpuri will be taken up under the action plan schemes. The renovation of Chhat Ghat has been approved at an estimated cost of R2.51 crore.

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