Kapil: Lack of will to clean Ya­muna

The Asian Age - - Delhi Special - SU­NIL THAPLIYAL AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

“If the same amount of money, which has been wasted on the pu­rifi­ca­tion of River Ya­muna, was used to buy min­eral wa­ter and cas­caded in the river, it would have been much cleaner,” said rebel AAP leg­is­la­ture and for­mer wa­ter min­is­ter of Delhi gov­ern­ment, Kapil Mishra, in a can­did state­ment. He fur­ther added that due to lack of po­lit­i­cal will, River Ya­muna, which is said to be the life­line of Delhi- NCR, has be­come muck­ier.

While po­lit­i­cal par­ties are busy scor­ing po­lit­i­cal points on Ch­hath Puja by in­dulging in blame game over mis­man­age­ment at Ya­muna Ghats in the city, devo­tees will have to take a dip in the stink­ing wa­ter of the river, thus putting them­selves at health risk.

Over the last two decades, lack of po­lit­i­cal will and non- co­op­er­a­tion among the states and Cen­tral gov­ern­ment has been de­lay­ing the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project for clean­ing and re­ju­ve­nat­ing Ya­muna River.

Thou­sands of devo­tees thronged to Soor Ghat, Geeta Ghat near ISBT, Purvi Ghat, Hathi Ghat, Kude­sia Ghat, Shyam Ghat, Ya­muna Ghat, and Kalindi Kunj Ghat among oth­ers to take part in the Ch­hath cer­e­monies.

When asked why the Ya­muna is turn­ing into the filth­i­est river over the years, se­nior Con­gress leader and for­mer MP from West Delhi Ma­ha­bal Mishra dodged the ques­tion and said, “Delhi as well as the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment is equally re­spon­si­ble for de­lay­ing the Ya­muna project.”

Mean­while, Delhi Pradesh Con­gress Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Ajay Maken crit­i­cised the Delhi gov­ern­ment and the BJP- led civic bod­ies for their lack of prepa­ra­tions for Ch­hath Puja. The Delhi BJP on Satur­day at­tacked chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal over his for­eign visit, al­leg­ing that he has trav­elled to Dubai with a hid­den agenda, but the Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) dis­missed the charge as out­landish.

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Ti­wari tweeted about Mr Ke­jri­wal’s trip on Fri­day night hit­ting out at him for leav­ing the city at a time when Del­hi­ites were fac­ing air pol­lu­tion cri­sis.

Ques­tion­ing the mo­tive be­hind the chief min­is­ter’s visit, Leader of Op­po­si­tion in Delhi

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