Original character of Yamuna will be preserved: Uma Bharti
New Delhi: Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti has said that original character of Yamuna will be preserved while implementing Yamuna Action Plan.
Ms. Bharti was inaugurating schemes of Yamuna Action Plan-III in New Delhi today. Referring to Yamuna Action Plan I and II the Minister said that despite spending over Rs. 1500 crore the desired results could not be achieved. “We have taken into account the results of YAP I and II while implementing YAP III”, the Minister said adding with the completion of Lakhwar-Vyasi project, Yamuna will start receiving extra water and we would be able to keep Yamuna pollution free upto Mathura-Vrindavan.
Ms. Bharti said that an amount of Rs. 800 crore will be spent on YAP III. Eighty-five per cent of the cost will be borne by the Centre and the rest by the Government NCT of Delhi. Giving details of YAP III the Minister informed that in includes rehabilitation/modernization of STPs totaling 814 mld capacity at Okhla, Kondli and Rithala, construction of a new STP (in place of old STP) of 136 mld capacity at Okhla, rehabilitation of sewer lines/rising mains in the catchments of Kondli and Rithala STPs and Public Outreach Activities. Sushri Bharti said that besides this, repair and rehabilitation of sewer lines/rising mains in Kondli, Rithala, Narwana Road, Anand Vihar, Hargovind Enclave, Vikas marg, Ashok Vihar and Jahangirpuri will be taken up. Sushri Bharti said that renovation of Chhatt Ghat has been approved at an estimated cost of Rs.2.51 Cr. She said new toilet facilities will be created at the Ghat and it will be beautified properly.
The Union Water Resources Minister also flagged off the operation of Trash Skimmer for river surface cleaning on River Yamuna. The skimmer can remove ten tonne trash daily.
Cleaning of Rivers is an ongoing process and Central Government has been supplementing the efforts of the States. The Yamuna Action Plan (YAP). YAP I and YAP II were taken up in three states (Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh) in 1993 with assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for sewerage/interception and diversion of drains, sewage treatment plants (STPs), low cost sanitation/community toilet complexes, electric and improved wood crematoria.