Will revive Yamuna in five years: CM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced to form an autonomous body on the pattern of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for a rejuvenated Yamuna. Presently, owing to the multiplicity of authorities the Yamuna revamping mission has failed. 

“We will revive Yamuna within five years,” Kejriwal said, adding that a plan has been prepared to stop the flow of drains in the Yamuna in next 1-2 year. The Delhi government and the Union Urban Development Ministry would constitute an autonomous body to which all lands of Yamuna will be handed over for overall development and cleanliness.

Kejriwal was addressing at the Gita Ghat near ISBT. He was joined by deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Speaker, Delhi Assembly Ram Niwas Goel who too conducted the Yamuna Maha Aarti.

“The Yamuna has been part of the collective memory of Delhi for a long time but this lifeline is dying. We will ensure 100 per cent collection and treatment of Delhi’s sewage through an extensive sewer network and construction of new functional sewage treatment plants. Discharge of untreated water and industrial effluents into the river will be strictly prohibited,” said Kejriwal.

“Whenever people used to think of Yamuna, a polluted and stinking river came to their mind. However, this was the past. Now, the river’s ghat scenario will be different as it will be seen as a holy and spiritual ghat like that of the holy river Ganga,” said Sisodia.

There were cultural performances like dance and music on the bank of Yamuna, which was started off by religious prayers by singers, preachers and leaders of Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity and Jainism, praying to Yamuna and pledging to ensure its cleanliness. 

Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra said that the AAP government has extended us the natural infrastructure to achieve the task of “Nirmal Yamuna”. 

Mishra said the government’s commitment is to clean Yamuna and to bring the river back to its citizens.
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