6-member panel to suggest ways for cleaning Yamuna
A six-member committee comprising officials from Union ministries of water resources, urban development, surface transport and environment, and DDA, besides the Delhi government, has been constituted to prepare a report in this regard by September 30.
A decision to form the committee, which would formulate a roadmap exploring various possibilities for cleansing the river, was taken during a meeting here on Wednesday in which Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Uma Bharti, Nitin Gadkari and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal participated.
“A <g data-gr-id="26">six member</g> committee will be formed under the chairmanship of the Water Resources Ministry Secretary and they have been given a mandate to study various aspects, including a suggestion to have a Special Purpose Vehicle because the suggestion is that it can be on the model of Delhi Metro, where the State and Centre join together,” Naidu told reporters after the meeting. The committee has been given <g data-gr-id="32">a mandate</g> to prepare the report by September 30, he added.
“Already DDA has made some proposals. The Water Resources Ministry has also come up with certain proposals... They will come up with a final report,” the Union Urban Development Minister stated.
Noting that the possibility of inland transport across river Yamuna would be explored to facilitate cargo movement, Naidu further said, issues such as utilising recycled water, beautification of river banks, and providing clean water for Delhiites was also discussed.
The minister further said that they are looking at making river Yamuna into a tourist attraction on the lines of India Gate, where <g data-gr-id="29">large number</g> of people converge.
Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra said that the crucial issue of harvesting <g data-gr-id="23">rain-water</g> and flood water in river Yamuna was also discussed in the meeting.