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Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
21-December-2015 17:05 IST
Pollution in Yamuna

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is assessing the water quality of river Yamuna in Delhi at five locations in Delhi. The monitoring results indicates that the river Yamuna upstream of Wazirabad Barrage at Palla meets the water quality criteria for C- class i.e. the water can be used for drinking purposes after conventional treatment followed by disinfection. The water is abstracted upstream of Wazirabad Barrage to meet the drinking water requirement of Delhi. Downstream of Wazirabad Barrage the river gets polluted due to discharge of treated/untreated waste water containing organic matter and Faecal Coliform from number of drains in Delhi stretch. The water quality does not comply even with the criteria for E-Class for all the parameters monitored except for pH.

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is supplementing the efforts of the States for pollution abatement of river Yamuna, a tributary of River Ganga, by providing financial assistance to Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in phased manner since 1993 under the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP), which relate to sewerage/interception and diversion of drains, sewage treatment plants (STPs), low cost sanitation/community toilet complexes, electric/improved wood crematoria, etc. Under YAP-I and YAP-II an expenditure of Rs. 1514.70 crore has been incurred for creation of sewage treatment capacity of 942 mld in States of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Further, the YAP Phase-III project for Delhi has been approved with an estimated cost of Rs. 1656 crore under the JICA assistance for rehabilitation and up gradation of existing STPs (950 mld) and trunk sewers. Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is the implementing agency for YAP-III. The Ministry has released Rs. 5.00 crore in last two years and has released Rs. 4.96 crore in the current year (2015-16) till date to DJB for PMC services.

In addition, under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project of Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), an interceptor sewer project costing Rs. 1357 crore is being implemented by DJB to intercept sewage flowing into river Yamuna from three major drains, namely Najafgarh, Supplementary and Shahdara in Delhi.

This information was given by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.