Ramesh to meet CMs of Haryana, Delhi to check river Yamuna pollution

March 27th, 2011 - 7:48 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 27 (ANI): Expressing concern over the growing pollution, Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said that he would hold a joint meeting with the Chief Ministers of Delhi and Haryana to discuss measures to check pollution in river Yamuna.

Ramesh said that since the sewage treatment plant and affluent industrial plants in Haryana’s Panipat District are not functioning properly, the Delhi Government has often complained of high ammonia levels in the river water.

“I am meeting the CM of Haryana and CM of Delhi together because unless we control pollution at Panipat, we will not be able to control the pollution of the Yamuna from Panipat to Wazirabad thereafter. So, we have to bring a direct control on what is happening in Panipat and Sonepat,” Ramesh told reporters during his visit to inspect river Yamuna.

“We are also now planning a monarch channel which will bring fresh water to Wazirabad from the western Yamuna canal and that is expected to be completed by the year 2011,” he added.

Ramesh said that continuous ‘Water Quality Monitoring’ systems would be installed at the inter-state borders by Central Pollution Control Board to pinpoint the problem areas.

“To know the quality of the water we would be installing continuous water quality monitoring system everywhere near inter-state borders,” he said.

The Minister further noted that as there was a lot of construction work going on near the riverbanks, there should be a law guarding the river zone so that the river water can be preserved and protected.

“There should be River Regulation Zone so that we can protect and preserve our river beds. For this I have constituted a technical body in my ministry. We will present a draft on this issue within four-five months,” Ramesh said.

He said the challenge was exclusion of more than 47 percent from the formal sewage network and direct draining of sewage and industrial waste of approximately 26 plants in the river between Wazirabad and Okhla ‘bund’ (barrage) in Delhi.

Ramesh, however, expressed hope of clean up of the river by 2015, as the ‘Delhi Jal Board’ has assured of ensuring no disposing of sewage and untreated industrial waste in the river. (ANI)

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