Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit admitted the Yamuna Action Plan I and II were complete failures as far as cleaning up the polluted River Yamuna was concerned.
“It is a matter of shame that Yamuna has been reduced to a condition worse than a drain,” said Dikshit, while answering a question raised by BJP MLA Surender Pal Ratawal on whether the riverbank would be beautified before the Commonwealth Games.
The chief minister’s admission of helplessness comes over 10 years and Rs 2,800 crore after the first YAP project started in the city.
Dikshit said both the Yamuna Action Plans had failed to have any impact on the cleaning of the river and fresh initiatives would take at least seven to eight years to show results.
“Using river cleaning plans implemented in foreign countries is not possible as Delhi’s problem is very different,” Dikshit said. “It has grown in an unplanned manner over the last several years.”
Dikshit said the Commonwealth Games related projects and beautification would have to go on without a clean Yamuna.
Speaking later to mediapersons, Dikshit said it was not practically possible to clean up the river before Games 2010.
“It is a complex problem for which we need long term and in-depth solutions. We are consulting the Engineers Institute of India and the Ministry of Water Conservation. It will take at least 7-8 years to get a grip on this problem,” said Dikshit.
Leader of Opposition in the Assembly and BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra said the CM’s statement would disappoint Delhiites.