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To trap pollutants in treatment plants at 18 major drains

Aim of the project is to ensure that only clean water from the city flowed into the river

‘Appropriate results of the cleaning efforts would be achieved within two and a half years’

NEW DELHI: Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna on Sunday announced that a major Rs.1,500-crore project to trap pollutants in sewage treatment plants at 18 major sewage drains falling into the river Yamuna was ready for implementation. The aim of the project is to ensure that only clean water from the city flowed into the river.

Speaking after flagging off the Yamuna rally at Jamia Millia Islamia, Mr. Khanna said work in this regard had been entrusted to the Engineers India Limited. He also unveiled a creative mascot on the occasion that would continue giving out messages in public interest to citizens of Delhi on the Yamuna’s pollution and the action taken by various stakeholders.

Mr. Khanna said sewage water flowing through the major drains of the city including the Najafgarh and Shahdara drains would be treated before being allowed to flow into the Yamuna.

“It is expected that appropriate results of the Yamuna cleaning efforts would be achieved within two and a half years. The Government alone cannot handle the challenging task of cleaning up the Yamuna as the co-operation of common man was vital for achieving the goal,” he added.

Public movement

The Lieutenant-Governor expressed hope that the spark generated by the rally would grow into a massive public movement and bring in desired results.

Delhi Mayor Arti Mehra said: “The majority of Delhi’s citizens do not feel responsible for the Yamuna’s pollution and pass on the entire responsibility to the small percentage of citizens living on the banks. This is a wrong perception as each Delhiite contributes to pollution and must find ways and means to check it by changing their attitude and restoring the river’s glory for our future generation.”

Municipal Commissioner K. S. Mehra said the civic body was involving 10 lakh children studying in its schools in the task of creating awareness with regard to cleaning of the Yamuna. “Delhi has become the first city to create a master plan for dhobi ghats based on Geographic Information System mapping and the MCD has identified the Lodhi Road Dhobi Ghat as a pilot project to ensure pollution free mass cleaning of clothes,” he added.

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