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Upper Yamuna River Board to Meet on 20th of this month to Discuss Yamuna Water Issue

Union Minister for water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has said that a meeting of Upper Yamuna River Board has been called on 20th of this month to amicably sort out various issue related to Yamuna water amongst the States of UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi. Addressing a group of Yamuna Muktikaran Padyatrees near Palwal in Haryana today the Minister said her Ministry is committed to the clean and continuous flow of Yamuna river as in the case of river Ganga. She said the report of the IIT consortium is also expected very soon which is likely to discuss the issue of Yamuna pollution also in detail.

The Minister said that Ganga Rejuvenation programmer could not be successful without cleaning of river Yamuna. She said Yamuna need to be freed of pollution including industrial waste and urban sewage. Sushri Bharti also urged the Padyatrees to make a significant contribution towards the task of cleaning river Yamuna. She said the Government has plans to rejuvenate Yamuna along with Ganga as the country will prosper only when the two are made pollution free. She said it is the duty of every citizen to ensure that rivers are kept clean and pollution free.

It may be recalled that Government of India has sanctioned Yamuna Action Plant (YAP)-I and YAP-II schemes for river Yamuna in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and YAP-III in Delhi under financial assistance from Japan International Coorperation Agency (JICA) for taking up works for sewerage/interception and diversion of drains, Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), low cost sanitation/community toilet complexes, electric/ improved wood crematoria, etc. An expenditure of Rs. 1514.42 crore (including state share) has been incurred on YAP-I and YAP-II while YAP-III has been sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs. 1656.00 crore.

Government of India has also sanctioned two projects for Rs. 217.87 crore for pollution abatement of river Yamuna in towns of Sonepat and Panipat in Haryana. In addition, under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project of Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), DJB is implementing an interceptor sewer project costing Rs. 1357.71 crore to intercept sewage flowing into river Yamuna from three major drains, namely Najafgarh, Supplementary and Shahdara in Delhi. The timeframe for completion of YAP-III scheme, being funded by JICA for Delhi, is December, 2018 and for interceptor sewer project is June, 2015.


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