Yamuna Pollution: Admitting that the responsibility ends with him, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said his government would clean up the Yamuna River by 2025.
Speaking to the media, Kejriwal said his government had developed a six-point action plan to clean up the river and that the mission will be accomplished by February 2025. He said: “It took 70 years for waste to accumulate and cannot be cleaned up. in one day. “I had promised the residents of these Delhi polls that the Yamuna would be cleaned up by the next polls. The work has started on a war footing and I am watching it personally, “he said, adding that he hopes to take a dip in the river before the next parliamentary elections.
Explaining the six-point plan, the chief minister said the first task would be to work on large-scale sewage treatment. New wastewater treatment plants are being installed, the capacity of the old ones is increasing at the same time as their technology evolves.
Second, some dirty drains will be cleaned in place while others will be diverted to STP. Third, cleaning up industrial waste is only on paper, he said. They’re just thrown down the drain. This will be brought under control, Kejriwal assured.
Fourth, the sewage from the slums also drains into the sewers. The dirt from the public equipment center will be attached to the sewer. Fifth, a sewer connection will be installed to every house, he said, adding that the final task would be the de-silting and rehabilitation of the sewers.
He highlighted the Delhi government’s efforts to clean the drain and said that new sewage treatment plants are being built in many places including Okhla and Rithala.
Delhi’s chief minister further said that work to clean up the Najafgarh Drain and Ghazipur Drain has already started. He said there will be a crackdown on industries when it comes to dirt and waste. Industrial waste will be treated and industries that do not properly treat waste will be closed.