With pollution in the Yamuna affecting water supply in the national capital, the Delhi Government on Tuesday presented the ‘Yamuna Turnaround Plan’ to Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti to ensure that untreated water does not enter the river.
The ‘comprehensive’ plan will be executed over the next two-and-a-half years.
“We have come out with the Yamuna Turnaround Plan and showed it to Uma Bharti. She is very impressed and has accepted the plan. It is the first time that a comprehensive plan has been prepared to clean the Yamuna River,” Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra said.
“We have presented them full details of the plan, including the budget and the time limit. I am pretty confident that both Centre and the Delhi Government will be making a historic move to clean the river,” he added.
Mishra asserted that every single sewage and pollution source of the city have been mapped into the plan.
“We have included all the best available solutions in the world. We have a time frame of two-and-a-half years for this plan. We are hoping that by the implementation of this plan, Yamuna will become a role model for every developing country in the world,” he said.
The plan will include cleaning the river, developing the river bank as a biodiversity zone, treating drain water and using spaces on the banks of drains as public space.
This plan from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government comes at a time when the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has been increasing pressure to clean the river.