Andher Nagari Delhi: Yamuna the Drain

     Delhi Govt plays dirty on Yamuna clean-up

     Over 700 crores have been spent according to reports on cleaning up the Yamuna in the last five years. Is Yamuna any cleaner? 

     Common Wealth Games in 2010. That is the deadline for any activity in Delhi today from Flyovers to education to BSES to Yamuna. 

     Obviously the deadlines are meant for the gulliable. Citizens of Delhi are Gulliable.

Some excerpts fro the  Mail

 The Delhi government has two deadlines for cleaning the Yamuna — one for the people and the other for the court.
     The Sheila Dikshit government issued advertisements in major dailies on January 28 promising to give Delhiites a clean Yamuna by 2010. The same day, the government submitted an affidavit before the Supreme Court stating that the interceptor sewer project to clean the Yamuna would be completed by 2012.
      The affidavit, filed by Delhi Jal Board member Ranbir Yadav, pointed out that works was expected to start in February 2009. However, the collection and analysis of necessary data and preparation of a detailed project report and cost estimation was likely to be over by November 2008.
    The Delhi cabinet had approved Engineers India Ltd as the agency responsible for implementation of the project, the affidavit, signed on January 28, said.
Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar, who is assisting the court that has been monitoring the cleaning drive since 1994, pointed out that the government had issued misleading advertisements stating that the river would be cleaned before the Commonwealth Games in 2010. The affidavit, however, showed that the project could not be completed before January 2012.
      The amicus was referring to half-page advertisements in all major dailies on January 28 titled, “A Landmark MoU and A Clean Yamuna For You”. The advertisement said: “Today the Delhi Jal Board signs an MoU with M/s Engineers India Ltd for the Interceptor Sewer Project to give you a clean Yamuna by 2010.”
    
After perusing the affidavit, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan quizzed additional solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam over a number of inconsistencies in the affidavit filed by the DJB.
     The rehabilitation of the trunk was likely to be completed by 2009 and therefore the analysis of data cannot be completed before the end of 2009 and the execution was ‘’not possible before the later part of 2010,’’ the court said. The affidavit had stated that the analysis of data would be over by September 2008.
     “There is thus considerable inconsistency,’’ the court said and directed the state government to file another affidavit.
     The Additional Solicitor General submitted that the Jal Board, in consultation with M/s Engineers India Ltd, would file a ‘’revised affidavit.’’
He further said that the DJB would file an update on the matter by June 15, 2008 after receiving the next report from the consultant.
     The court directed the registry to list the matter for further hearing on July 8, 2008.
Meanwhile, the court sought the response of the amicus on another application by the state government seeking permission to regularise 1,432 unauthorised colonies.

      The court also sought the Delhi Development Authority’s response to the matter within eight weeks.
gyanant.singh@mailtoday.in

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