You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Phase III of Yamuna Action Plan approved for Delhi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Environment ministry said it has approved the phase III of Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) for Delhi besides sanctioning two projects of pollution abatement for the river in Sonepat and Panipat in Haryana.

"The YAP Phase III project for Delhi has been approved by the ministry at an estimated cost of Rs 1,656 crore with loan assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency," Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan said while replying to a question in Rajya Sabha.

She said that besides this, two projects have also been sanctioned by the ministry at an estimated cost of Rs 217.87 crore for taking up works related to pollution abatement of river Yamuna in Sonepat and Panipat in Haryana located upstream of Delhi.

She informed the Rajya Sabha that for addressing the problem of pollution in Yamuna, financial assistance is provided to UP, Delhi, Haryana under YAP since 1993.

"Under phase I and II of YAP, pollution abatement works have been completed in 21 towns of UP, Haryana and Delhi at a cost of Rs 1453.17 crore. Sewage treatment capacity of 942.25 mld has been created under the plan," she said.

She admitted, "The water quality of Yamuna has not shown the desired improvement owing to a large gap between the demand and availability of sewage treatment capacity and lack of fresh water in the river," Natarajan said.

The Minister said that the state governments apart from assistance received under National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) and National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) as well as their own budgetary allocation are also assessing financial assistance for creation of sewerage infrastructure including setting up of sewage treatment plants in various towns under central sector schemes.

Natarajan said that to control industrial pollution, action is taken against non complying industries under the provisions of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution ) Act, 1974 and the Environment (Protection) Act 1986.

"Under NGRBA, CPCB has identified 764 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPI) in the states on the main stem of Ganga and its tributaries Kali-East and Ram Ganga. Out of 764 GPIs, 683 have been inspected by CPCB and actions have been taken against 170 non-complying industries under relevant acts," she added.

She said that the total expenditure incurred so far on conservation of Ganga under Ganga Action Plan (GAP), which is part of NRCP, is Rs 938.61 crore. Sewage treatment capacity of 1,098 mld has been created under GAP, she added.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Mon, December 09 2013. 18:12 IST