Minister presents Yamuna plan to Uma Bharti

Minister presents Yamuna plan to Uma Bharti

A Delhi Jal Board (DJB) delegation, led by Water Minister Kapil Mishra, presented the comprehensive plan on river Yamuna to Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday.

The plan is being touted as the first such plan with concrete costing and timeline for cleaning of the river and its drains and at the same time restoring the ecological value of the river and bring the people back to the riverfront.

According to the plan, besides cleaning the river and drains flowing into it and stopping the sludge coming from Haryana, the ecological value of the river will also be restored by creating biodiversity parks and ecological landscapes like wetlands, catchment areas, mosaic of grasslands, floodplain forests, terrestrial forest communities, and new habitats.

The DJB will also be creating value for city via public spaces, recreational spaces, navigation and water oriented development (WOD).

“I am impressed by the work done by the Delhi Jal Board in creating such a comprehensive plan to turnaround the condition of River Yamuna. They have incorporated almost all the points suggested by the Union Water Ministry as well.
The Central Government assures its support to this initiative to clean River Yamuna and will implement this Yamuna turnaround plan on a war-footing,” Union Water Minister Uma Bharti said.

DJB Chairman and Minister Mishra said that the Delhi government will work closely with the Union Water Ministry on DJB’s plan and commit to the treatment of polluted water, ensure proper seepage management and develop public spaces along the River Yamuna.

 “I am grateful for the time and inputs that have been provided to us by Uma Bharti ji and various officials and bureaucrats of the Union Water Ministry. This comprehensive plan will restore the status of River Yamuna to one that it deserves,” he added.

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