Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra presents DJB's comprehensive Yamuna plan to Union Water Minister, 24th May 2016


  • Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra meets Union Water Minister Ms. Uma Bharti on Comprehensive Plan for Yamuna
  • Delhi Jal Board (DJB) presents comprehensive plan to clean and restore the ecological value of the river
  • Union Water Minister assures central government support to the comprehensive river cleaning plan of Delhi Jal Board
  • Chairman of Delhi Jal Board Kapil Mishra commits to treatment of polluted water, septage management and development of public spaces along Yamuna

New Delhi: 24/05/2016

On Tuesday, 24th May 2016, Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra led a delegation of officers from the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to present a comprehensive plan on river Yamuna to the Union Water Minister Uma Bharti at Shramshakti Bhawan. This is the first comprehensive plan with concrete costing and timelines for the cleaning of river Yamuna and its drains and at the same time will restore the ecological value of the river and bring the people back to the riverfront.

The key features of this plan include the following:

  • Cleaning the river and all drains flowing into it. This will be achieved by:
  • Stop the sludge coming from Haryana
  • Clean the Nallahs (drains) draining into Yamuna
  • Clean the River Yamuna itself
Restoring the ecological value of the river. This will be achieved by creation of biodiversity parks and ecological landscapes like:

  • Treatment wetlands
  • Catchment wetlands
  • Mosaic of grasslands
  • Floodplain forests
  • Terrestrial forest communities
  • New habitats

Creating value for city via public spaces, recreational spaces, navigation and water oriented development (WOD)

Having a long term management model with self-sustainable O&M models

Union Water Minister Ms. Uma Bharti said, “I am impressed by the work done by the Delhi Jal Board in creating such a comprehensive plan to turnaround the condition of River Yamuna. They have incorporated almost all the points suggested by the Union Water Ministry as well. The Central Government assures its support to this initiative to clean River Yamuna and will implement this Yamuna turnaround plan on a war-footing.”

Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra said, “I am grateful for the time and inputs that have been provided to us by Uma Bharti ji and various officials and bureaucrats of the Union Water Ministry. This comprehensive plan made by the Delhi Jal Board and Delhi Government under the leadership of CM Arvind Kejriwal ji will restore the status of River Yamuna to one that it deserves. We will work closely with the Union Water Ministry on DJB’s plan for Yamuna and commit to the treatment of polluted water, ensure proper seepage management and develop public spaces along the River Yamuna. And most importantly, while we will execute this cleaning of the river Yamuna efficiently and cost-effectively, we will also create a mass people’s campaign to bring people back to their river.”


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