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Govt to set up panel to clean Yamuna

 Days after setting up a committee of secretaries to work out a plan on Ganga rejuvenation, the government on Tuesday announced a similar group of senior officers to make a plan to clean the Yamuna. The committee on Yamuna, comprising senior officers of urban and rural development ministries and Central Water Commission, will monitor implementation of the river cleaning programme in Delhi and neighbouring states. "We have already formed a group comprising secretaries from the ministries of environment, transport, tourism and water resources to clean up Ganga.

 

Similarly, we will be constituting a committee of officials from the ministries of urban development, rural development and Central Water Commission to cleanse Yamuna," water resources minister Uma Bharati said. Pointing out that officials from the three ministries will focus on developing Yamuna, she said people of Delhi will also be part of the programme to make it a people's movement. She was speaking after launching a tree plantation drive on the Yamuna river bank here. The drive was launched to mark the first anniversary of the Uttarakhand disaster which left thousands of people dead. A similar drive was launched simultaneously at nine other places along the Ganga at Gangotri, Haridwar, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Farakka, Nabadweep and Ganga Sagar.

 

 Times of India, Delhi, 18th June 2014