Delhi government turned Yamuna into sewer: Malhotra

October 7th, 2008 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Oct 7 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Vijay Kumar Malhotra held the Sheila Dikshit government responsible for the deterioration of the Yamuna alleging that the funds meant for the preservation of the river have been embezzled.”At end of Navratras, hundreds of thousands of people would be gathering at the bank of the Yamuna for immersion of the sacred idols. The Delhi government has been unable to provide a proper environment to the devotees to complete the rituals,” said Malhotra in a press statement Tuesday.

“The Congress government has spent more than Rs.20 billion in the name of eradicating pollution in the Yamuna, but unfortunately, the pollution of Delhi’s life line has been going from bad to worse,” the BJP leader added.

He further pointed out that the Delhi Jal Board falls under the direct control of the Delhi chief minister.

“The Congress government” he said, “cannot absolve itself of the present unfortunate stage of the Yamuna”.

“The holy river has been converted into a sewer.”

“The funds meant to have been spent on the cleanliness drive of the Yamuna have gone into the pockets of those who were supposed to make the river pollution-free,” Malhotra said.

He said if the BJP comes to power, he would take prompt steps so that “mother Yamuna” looks like a river again.

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