Mathura:The Centre will take up the cleaning of Yamuna on priority basis, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharati has said.
She announced this while participating in a public meeting organised to pay tribute to Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay on his birth anniversary here yesterday.
The clean-up operation of Yamuna will have three stages, she said.
"In the short-term plan, pollution caused by discharge of articles used for worshipping would be stopped while in the second stage discharge of drains into Yamuna would be stopped," the minister said.
"In the third-term plan, adequate water in Yamuna would be ensured and parallel drains would be constructed," she said.
The union minister, who is also the vice president of Ganga river basin authority, claimed that after four years the water of Yamuna would be clean.
However, she attributed pollution of Yamuna and other rivers to the defective planning of the previous governments.
"It happened owing to non-coordination of development and environment. Rivers were misused for development," she alleged.
"A bundh ahead of Hathini Kund for more water for Yamuna is also part of the plan," Bharati said.
In absence of Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, who was supposed to address the public meeting, she declared?that the government would start Deen Dayal Kaushal Vikas scheme.
"Under the scheme, foreign countries would start production in India and youth of the country would get opportunity to work in these companies," she said.