Announcing his party’s nine-point action plan to save the Yamuna, Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel on Saturday said the Government owes an explanation why the condition of the river has worsened even after an astronomical sum had been spent on it.

Issuing a vision document at a press conference here, Mr. Goel said: “The Union and State Governments have wasted Rs.3,500 crore in the name of saving the Yamuna but the condition of the river remains unchanged. The Congress governments are directly responsible for it.”

Noting that Yamuna flows through 48 kilometers in Delhi, the BJP leader said of this, its 28 kms look like a completely dead river. “The nine-point action plan has been suggested in the vision document to save the Yamuna which is the symbol of Indian culture, faith and source of life. This plan envisages release of sufficient water from the Hathini Kund barrage, implementation of the directions of the committee set up by the Supreme Court, complete solution to the sewerage system of Delhi, installing efficient treatment plants, rainwater harvesting and conservation of ground water, preventing garbage from being thrown in river and announcement of the Yamuna river bed as a fully-protected area.”

Pointing out that untreated sewage is released into the Yamuna at 22 places while passing through Delhi, the BJP leader said 18 drains also fall in it. If this continues then the river will be dead in ten years’ time.”

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