Centre planning to take up Yamuna project: Uma Bharti

The Centre has said that it is planning to take up works pertaining to cleaning of the Yamuna river, in addition to the existing scope of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project.

Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said that in the first two phases of Yamuna Action Plan (YAP), a treatment capacity of 942 MLD was created and Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) of 328.20 MLD were renovated at an expenditure of Rs 1,514.70 crore.

At present, JICA assisted YAP phase-III project has been approved at an estimated cost of Rs.1,656 crore. Presently, its scope of work is under review to meet the recent direction of National Green Tribunal, Ms. Bharti said.

“The option of taking up these works in addition to the existing scope of the JICA project is also under consideration,” the Minister said.

Responding to questions about Central Water Commission declaring the Yamuna water at Agra unsafe for irrigation and domestic use, Bharti said that the Commission has not made any such declaration

Source: The Hindu

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