19 November 2021.
Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, pledged to clean Yamuna River completely by 2025 recently.
- He announced a six-point action plan to clean the holy river.
- He also promised to make Yamuna River fit for drinking and bathing by 2025.
Six Point Action Plan
Chief Minister announced understated six-point action plan:
- Sewer Treatment– Government will construct new sewage treatment plants.
- Capacity of existing sewer treatment plants will be increased. This move will increase sewage treatment capacity from 600 million gallons of wastewater per day to 750 MGD-800 MGD. Waste water from four major drains, Najafgarh, Badshahpur, Supplementary & Ghazipur, falling in the Yamuna is being treated in-situ.
- Old treatment plants will be upgraded and its technology will be changed.
- Industries discharging industrial waste into the Yamuna will be shut down.
- Wastewater in “jhuggi jhopri clusters” currently flows through stormwater and drains into the Yamuna. These drains will be connected to sewer network now.
- Sewer connections will be installed in areas where people haven’t taken sewer connections, at nominal charges. Government will provide household connections in areas having a sewer network. Earlier, people had to get such connection themselves.
De-silting & rehabilitation
Delhi government has started de-silting and rehabilitation of sewer network, as well.
Pollution in Yamuna River
Yamuna River has become one of the most polluted rivers worldwide. It is particularly polluted downstream of New Delhi. New Delhi dumps around 58% of its waste into this river. According to 2016 study, there is 100% urban metabolism of River Yamuna when it passes through Delhi. Most pollution comes from Wazirabad, from where Yamuna River enters Delhi.