No more passing the buck: Jairam to Delhi, Haryana on Yamuna issue

March 23rd, 2011 - 8:36 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 23 (IANA) Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh Wednesday asked the Delhi and Haryana governments to stop passing the buck on the Yamuna, saying both of them should take steps to clean the river of its filth and waste.

“Both Delhi and Haryana should once and for all stop passing the buck on the Yamuna river issue, which is going on for some time. One day Haryana is blaming Delhi and the next day, Delhi is blaming Haryana. But nothing is done to clean up the river,” Ramesh said after inaugurating the National Ambient Noise Monitoring Network (NANM) here.

Raising concerns over the pollution in the Yamuna, Ramesh said there is “no water” in the river and that is see is waste dumped by the industrial units of Haryana and Delhi.

Ramesh also said he will chair a meeting with the Delhi and Haryana chief ministers on Sunday to discuss the issues between the two states over the Yamuna and related squabbles and the steps to be taken to stop the pollution of the river.

“I will meet both the chief ministers on Sunday. I am tired of Delhi passing the buck to Haryana and Haryana passing the buck to Delhi. We will sit down and I hope we will have clarity on what steps have to be taken by Haryana and what steps have to be taken by Delhi,” Ramesh said.

He also said that he had been given a status report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) after a field visit had identified the steps Haryana and Delhi had to take to stop polluting the Yamuna.

“The CPCB has done their bit. Now it is the responsibility of both the (state) governments. Money is not the problem,” the minister added.

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