Union Minister for Water Resources, River
Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has said that original
character of Yamuna will be preserved while implementing Yamuna Action Plan.
Inaugurating some schemes of Yamuna Action Plan-III in New Delhi today the
Minister said that government and all sections of the society have to work
together for its success. 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. She said, “We have taken into account the results of YAP I and II
while implementing YAP III.” The Minister said that 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 .
Sushri Bharti said that an amount of Rs. 800
crore will be spent on YAP III. 85% 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 which cost Rs. 4.5 Cr. can remove ten tonne trash daily Shri Kapil
Mishra, Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture and Water, Government of NCT of
Delhi also spoke on the occasion.
It may be recalled that cleaning of Rivers is an
ongoing process and Central Government has been supplementing the efforts of
the States for pollution abatement of river Yamuna in phased manner since 1993
under the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP). YAP I and YAP II were taken up in three
states (Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh) 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/improved wood crematoria, etc.