Taking its maiden step towards cleaning Yamuna, Delhi Jal Board on Monday launched the first phase of its 59-km interceptor sewer project which will ensure that only treated sewage is discharged into the three major drains which release water in the river.
Hundreds of devotees took a dip at the Yamuna ghats in Uttar Pradesh`s Mathura and Vrindavan cities on the occasion of Yam Dwitiya Saturday morning, undeterred by the stink and high level of pollutants in the water, activists said.
The widows of Vrindavan today lit hundreds of earthen lamps at the banks of Yamuna as they today began their three-day Diwali celebrations through which they intend to spread awareness about the need for the river's cleanliness.
A day after cracking the whip on a sugar mill in Uttar Pradesh for polluting river Ganga, the National Green Tribunal on Friday directed Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) not to grant permission to any industrial unit discharging effluents directly or indirectly into Yamuna.
The Delhi government has embarked on an ambitious project to rejuvenate the Yamuna with an aim to rid the river of pollutants, stop discharge of all sorts of effluents into it and making its river-front beautiful as well as environment friendly.
The Delhi High Court on Thursday termed as "embarrassing" the "communication gap" between DDA and DTC regarding shifting of the 50-acre millennium bus depot from its current location on the banks of Yamuna here.
The immersion of idols following the conclusion of the Durga Puja festival left the banks of the Yamuna wearing a sorry look today as everything from polythene bags to rotting flowers lay strewn on the riverside.
Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati on Friday urged her ministry officials to express their opinions "without any fear and hesitation" and asked them to send their views directly to her through sealed envelopes.
With the Narendra Modi government moving toward cleaning India`s rivers, including the sacred Ganga and its tributary, the Yamuna, authorities are worried that coming religious festivals might just aggravate the river`s pollution.
Promising to cleanse the polluted Yamuna river, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Wednesday said she would pro-actively work to get clearances from various ministries for developing the crucial source of water for Delhi.
Concerned over effluents discharged into the Ganga and the Yamuna, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) today directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to conduct a joint inspection of "seriously polluting industries" on the bank of both the rivers.
All rivers are divine and the government will not neglect any of them in its zeal to rejuvenate Ganga, Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti said in the Lok Sabha on Monday.