Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari today emphasized on the imperative of comprehensive and coordinated efforts to free the National Capital from water and air pollution. He said that pollution levels of Delhi is a cause for major concern and that a plan has been prepared to address this critical issue with the help of all stakeholders.
Along with Delhi Chief Minister Aravind Kejrival, he laid the foundation stone of nine projects for Yamuna Rejuvenation under Namami Gange Programme in New Delhi. A total of 11 projects have been taken up by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to conserve River Yamuna in Delhi. Most of the projects are for sewerage infrastructure. These projects under Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) III are located in three drainage zones namely Kondli, Rithala and Okhla in Delhi.
Gadkari said that the mandate of cleaning the tributaries of River Ganga was taken up with the launch of Namami Gange programme and with these projects the sewage water falling into River Yamuna, the most important tributary of Ganga will be stopped. Mentioning the Lakhwar multi-purpose project between six states, Gadkari said that once that project is complete the Aviralta of Yamuna in Delhi will improve. He added that trash skimmer is already deployed for Yamuna in Delhi for river surface cleaning.
Gadkari added that apart from Delhi, interventions for Yamuna cleaning are also being made in Haryana (Panipat and Sonepat) and Uttar Pradesh (Mathura-Vrindavan). He informed that a sewage treatment plant project of 180 Million Litres per Day (MLD) has also been approved in Agra. While extending all possible support for the development of Delhi, he urged all stakeholders to join hands and work on war footing to make Delhi free of water and air pollution.
Reiterating that Ganga will be 70 to 80 percent clean by March 2019, Shri Gadkari added that Ganga will be almost completely free of pollution by March 2020.
Kejrival said that He said that this programme is very important for the federal structure of the country and all should be on the same platform for development issues. He said that Yamuna cleaning was their priority also and hoped for continued support from the Ministry.