Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) Vinai Kumar Saxena has lamented the pollution level in Yamuna river and regretted that devotees in Chhath Puja were forced to offer their prayers in the dirty and polluted river.
In a series of posts on X (formerly Twitter), the Delhi LG wrote: “ Chhath festival concluded today with Arghya offered to Dinanath Lord Bhaskar. Once again Yamuna was left dirty and polluted. Devotees were once again forced to offer prayers amidst silt, debris and rot. Yamuna did not become clean.”
The Delhi LG said that year after year promises were being made to clean the river but no results were visible. “ Froth, sewer, effluent remain unchecked. The floodplains get turned into dump yards and open toilets,” the Delhi LG said.
“ Every Chatth, every time ammonia levels get high, every flood and every water shortage due to low levels of water in reservoirs, there ensues a blamegame. All and sundry are blamed but none take blame for the inaction over years. Another set of high sounding promises are made,” Delhi LG posted on X.
He also accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government of not taking proper action to clean river Yamuna. “ Even when some work starts under directions of Hon’ble NGT & things just begin to change in terms of cleaner flood plains, enhanced sewage treatment, land for new STPs & resultant slight improvements in water quality, the Govt covolutedly gets Hon’ble SC to modify NGT’s order,” the Delhi LG said.