New Delhi: The Central pollution Control Board has confirmed that the total polluted stretch of the Yamuna river has increased to 600 km from 500km since 2010.
This information was gleaned from a report by the Central Pollution Control Board submitted to the Supreme Court last month.
“As per the recent monitoring of river Yamuna, its water quality is not meeting the desired level from Panipat downstream to Juhika for a distance of about 600 km,” CPCB said.
This 100 km stretch of the river—between Panipat in Haryana and Wazirabad—was thought to be pollution-free.
Around Rs 1,500 crore has been spent as part of the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) I & II to clean the river and make it pollution-free.
The data revealed that dissolved oxygen (DO) levels are depleted in the river from Wazirabad Barrage till Agra.
Sewage-water from places like Yamuna Nagar, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Mathura, Vrindavan, Agra etc. has been identified as a source of contamination.