Haryana urges Delhi to clean up Yamuna

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Chandigarh, Dec 4 (UNI) Haryana Minister of State for Forests, Tourism and Environment Kiran Choudhry today urged Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to take appropriate timely action to control the pollution in Yamuna river.

The water of Yamuna was immensely polluted due to discharge of untreated or partially treated effluents of 19 drains falling in the Delhi Territory, besides the effluents of Shahdra Drain in the river, she said here.

This water was being used as potable water by the people living in Mewat area which had adversely affected the health of the living beings of that area, she added.

The minister said the Haryana State Pollution Control Board, in collaboration with the Central Pollution Control Board, was regularly monitoring the quality of river water at the Haryana-Delhi Border near village Palla on monthly basis.

She said it had been found that the Bio-Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) value of the river water, before entering Delhi, ranged from 1.44 to 2.76 mg per litre while when it entered in Haryana near Badarpur, this range went up to 26 to 38 mg per litre that was against the permissible limit of three mg per litre.

Ms Choudhry said in order to control the pollution in Yamuna, necessary action had been initiated by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board and this matter had been taken up with Delhi Government for taking early remedial measures.

UNI

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