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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: As Kapil Mishra rode a boat on Wednesday morning to take stock of Yamuna, the city’s main source of water supply, dark grey water topped with foam lapped at the Delhi Water Minister’s boat, casting a fresh light on the deplorable condition of the country’s rivers.

Pledging his resolve to solve the Yamuna river crisis at the earliest, Mishra said, “The Yamuna river, which has now been reduced to a dark grey-coloured lifeless river, will be cleaned within the next three years.”

Apart from the minister, the boat ride included officials from various government departments; the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

An 8-km stretch between the Boat Club at Chandgi Ram Akhara and the Wazirabad Barrage, along the Signature Bridge to ITO was surveilled by the minister and his official coterie.

”The first river fact-finding survey” revealed high degree of pollution and low oxygen content (0.3 PPM–parts per million compared to standard of 4 PPM) which have transformed the river into a big ‘nullah‘ with no water life. Further, the wrenching smell emanating from the water makes one’s head swirl.

The water quality that was tested at numerous points by DJB engineers and chemists on multiple parameters uncovered multiple problems like river-basin degradation, ecological pollution, contaminant effect on ecosystem and ecology, solid and liquid waste pollution and encroachment on riverbed.

“We must remember that before we think of our river Yamuna becoming a Thames or Danube, we have to first clean it with commitment. Our team at DJB has also collected various samples and performed water quality tests, which I will personally monitor,” the minister said while outlining the challenges and measures to address the same.

“The oxygen level in the river has also gone way below what is required. We will make the river so clean that people will be able to bathe in it.

“We will make cleaning of the Yamuna a public movement. Thousands of crores were spent in the name of cleaning of Yamuna river in last 10-20 years but to no avail. There was earlier a lack of political will to clean the river,” the minister said.

To counter the proliferation of drains emptying sewage into the Yamuna, DJB officials stated that the 33 sewage treatment plants (STPs) existing in Delhi will now be increased by 15 new STPs in the next two years.

“We will have to set up 15 new STPs to treat the sewage water before it is discharged in the river. The project will be completed by 2017,” a DJB official said.

At present, 21 nullahs (drains) carrying 850 MGD (million gallons per day) of sewage empty out into the Yamuna every day.

Highlighting the urgency of solving the river crisis, Mishra said, “The Najafgarh drain, which is the biggest polluter, needs immediate cleaning and our team at DJB has started drafting a plan to clean this. By December 2016, we will clean this drain and only treated water from Najafgarh drain will be discharged into the river.”

However, the ambitious plan has been hanging fire for over a decade now.

The only saving grace that emerged during the inspection was the reduction in travel time across the 8 Km stretch.

Now, travelling to ITO from Civil lines is expected to take just 30 minutes through the uninterrupted cruise down the river, a luxury in a city choked with traffic.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Birthday Song for Arvind Kejriwal: A Special Troll and Parody by AAP’s Ex Minister Kapil Mishra

The song was released at 3 PM with the caption 'Birthday Surprise for you Arvind Kejriwal. Soon all Delhi will be singing this for you. Enjoy!'

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Kapil Mishra's song 'AK Teri Kursi Gol'. Youtube
  • Kapil Mishra is a former minister from Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party
  • After being sacked from the party, Kapil Mishra exposed Arvind Kejriwal’s corruption
  • The former minister is on a ‘100 days of surgical strike against corrupt Kejriwal

New Delhi, August 17, 2017: Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has received a birthday gift from his party’s former minister Kapil Mishra.

Kapil Mishra is a former minister from AAP who was sacked as the water minister from the party earlier in March this year. Since then, he has been fully determined to expose the corrupt party leaders.

ALSO READ: Kapil Mishra Questions Arvind Kejriwal’s Absence in the Assembly Meet as Delhi CM skips Fourth Day in a row

As CM Kejriwal celebrated his birthday on 16th August, he received a gift from Kapil Mishra as well. In fact, Mishra declared it on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

So what was this birthday surprize? Well, Kapil Mishra had dedicated a song to Arvind Kejriwal. Titled ‘AK Teri Kursi Gol’, the song is actually a parody. It questions Arvind Kejriwal’s faith in himself and takes a blunt dig at Satyendra Kumar Jain, Delhi’s cabinet minister.

The song is composed along the lines of RJ Malishka’s viral song ‘Sonu’. The video features regular Delhi citizens collectively asking questions to the CM in a fun way.

The song was released at 3 PM with the caption ‘Birthday Surprise for you Arvind Kejriwal. Soon all Delhi will be singing this for you. Enjoy!’

The video, at the time of writing, has more than 3,000 retweets and more than 4,000 likes on Twitter. On Youtube, the video has earned more than 47,000 views.

The song questions various issues. It points out the poor quality of roads and infrastructure, the lack of proper healthcare, and the fact that the CM has been missing from the Legislative Assembly meetings.

Further, it urges Arvind Kejriwal to say something on the accusations placed on him, and concludes with awaring Kejriwal that the youth, elders, women, autowallas and everyone else has figured out what his government is about, and that they will soon be changing that.

The song comes as part of Kapil Mishra’s pledge of ‘100 Days of Surgical Strike Against Corrupt Kejriwal’.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter @Saksham2394


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Kapil Mishra Questions Arvind Kejriwal’s Absence in the Assembly Meet as Delhi CM skips Fourth Day in a row

Kapil Mishra's act was deemed against the rules of the House by speaker Ram Niwas Goel

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Sacked Delhi Minister Kapil Mishra. Wikimedia
  • Arvind Kejriwal was missing from the session’s last day as the Assembly met
  • The sacked Minister Kapil Mishra questioned Kejriwal’s absence and accused the CM of “bunking off”
  • As the house met, Mishra stood with a banner that said “Kejriwal Missing, Come to the House”

August 11, 2017: Sacked Delhi Minister, Kapil Mishra has accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of ‘Bunking off” House proceedings. As the house met for the last day of the session, Kejriwal was absent in the meeting.

Kapil Mishra raised this issue and as a result was marshaled out of the assembly.

According to the PTI report, Mishra came to the meeting of the session with a banner that stated, “Kejriwal Missing, Come to the House.”

ALSO READ: Unprincipled Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in the Heat of Controversies

However, Kapil Mishra’s act was deemed against the rules of the House by speaker Ram Niwas Goel, after which he called in the Marshalls to walk Mishra out. He further ordered that Mishra was banned from attending the House meet for the rest of the day.

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While outside, Mishra told the reporters, “Chief Minister Kejriwal has not attended a single sitting of the House over the last four days. I sought to know why and was Marshalled out. He bunked off the entire session.”

The Kejriwal-Mishra conflict began when the latter was sacked as an AAP Minister. After this incident, Mishra had made allegations against AAP Minister Satyendra Jain.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Uttarkashi affected due to Cloud burst in Yamuna and Ganga valleys

Officials said more than a dozen houses were flattened, forcing people to leave the Silkura village.

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Cloud burst in Uttarakhand. Image Source: hillpost.in
  • Since the cloud burst took place late Wednesday, exact damage is yet to be ascertained, an official told IANS
  • he Met department has alerted of heavy rains in the next 24-hours. An official with the Disaster Management department said that the trek route from Bheembali to Junglechatti has blocked the Kedarnath shrine route
  • Over 100 pilgrims were safely taken to Sonprayag by State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and police personnel

Rains continued to wreck havoc in Uttarakhand on Thursday as destruction was reported from two villages after a cloud burst in Yamuna and Ganga valleys.

Cloud burst in Uttarkashi. Image Source: http://naidunia.jagran.com/
Cloud burst in Uttarkashi. Image Source: http://naidunia.jagran.com/

Officials said more than a dozen houses were flattened, forcing people to leave the Silkura village.

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Since the cloud burst took place late Wednesday, exact damage is yet to be ascertained, an official told IANS.

However, no casualties were reported.

Kedarnath shrine route has been blocked. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Kedarnath shrine route has been blocked. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Meanwhile, the Met department has alerted of heavy rains in the next 24-hours. An official with the Disaster Management department said that the trek route from Bheembali to Junglechatti has blocked the Kedarnath shrine route.

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Over 100 pilgrims were safely taken to Sonprayag by State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and police personnel.

More than two dozen people were killed due to rain-related incidents in the hill state. (IANS)

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