20 Aug : Blaming Delhi for turning the Yamuna river to a sewage drain, Haryana government has sought the central government’s intervention to reduce the pollution level in its waters.
“The BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) value of water in Yamuna river, at the entry point to Delhi from Haryana (at Palla), ranges from 1.44 to 2.76 milligrams per litre against the permissible limit of 3 milligrams per litre,” State’s Environment Minister Kiran Choudhry said.
However, she pointed out as one went downstream, the quality of water has deteriorated because of sewage and untreated industrial effluent emitted from 22 drains goes into the Yamuna in its entire 22 km of stretch in the national capital.
Raising the matter at the conference of the forest and environment ministers chaired by Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday, Choudhry complained that the issue had been repeatedly brought to the notice of the central government and central pollution control board, but in vain.
“Our people at Faridabad are drinking sewage water. We want the central government to immediately intervene in the matter especially in view of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games 2010,” she said.
“We have been urging Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to sit together to identify the problems and take corrective measures but the two neighbouring states seem to be little interested in it,” Choudhry added.