Kejriwal, Uma Bharti Sign Pact on Cleaning Yamuna River

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have agreed to set-up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the cleaning-up and rejuvenation of the Yamuna River.

A blueprint will be prepared in the next 45 days. The meeting between the Union Minister and the Chief Minister was held in New Delhi on Sunday and was also attended by Delhi’s Minister-in-charge for Water, Kapil Mishra and senior officials of concerned departments from Central and Delhi Governments.

Uma Bharti accepted the Chief Minister’s request of convening a joint meeting soon with Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Kejriwal expressed the view that such a meeting is important since all the concerned Departments would have to work together for cleaning the historic river and reviving its past glory.

Bharti said she will take up the matter with the concerned Ministers and will intimate the Chief Minister about the possibility of this meeting. In today’s meeting, the issues related to beautification of the Yamuna River Front was also discussed and both sides hoped that a joint effort will lead to a clean Yamuna, an issue which has now been pending since decades.

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