Impressed by his work to clean the river Bein, at Gurdwara Ber Sahib in Sultanpur Lodhi, Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra on Monday invited environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal to his state for the project to clean another sacred river — the Yamuna.
Mishra, who is also chairman of Delhi Jal Board, joined his other visiting officers and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur in praising Seechewal for his motivating villagers to turn a polluted river around in Punjab. He set a three-year deadline for cleaning the Yamuna with the help of Seechewal.
Receiving the two leaders and the Delhi Jal Board officers at this village here, Seechewal explained to them his model of cleaning the Holy Bein and installing a low-cost water-treatment plant. “Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who visited Seechewal recently, told me to take tips from him, so I brought my entire team over.” said Mishra. On Tuesday, he will meet Union minister for water resources and Ganga rejuvenation Uma Bharti, who had visited Seechewal last August and said the Centre would replicate his model to clean the Ganga river.
Replying to a media query about which political party he supported, Seechewal said: “Any party that will include the environmental agenda in its election manifesto.” Mishra’s visiting team included Delhi Jal Board chief executive officer (CEO) Keshav Chandra and member RS Tyagi.