New Delhi: The centre and the Delhi government have decided to come together to clean up the Yamuna river in the capital.
They will be using a Special Purpose Vehicle for this purpose, a Delhi government official said after a meeting between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti.
A blueprint will be prepared in 45 days, the official added.
The beautification of the Yamuna river front also came up at the meeting, also attended by Delhi’s Water Minister Kapil Mishra.
The Yamuna, venerated by Hindus, originates from the Yamunotri glacier, at 6,387 metres above sea level in the Himalayas. It flows through Uttarakhand, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh (1,376 km) before merging with the Ganga in Allahabad.
The river accounts for 70 percent of Delhi’s water needs.
The Yamuna is considered largely clean from Yamunotri until Wazirabad in northeast Delhi when the polluted stretch starts.
Kejriwal said all concerned ministries and departments would have to work together for cleaning the “historic river and reviving its past glory”.
A water resources ministry statement said Uma Bharti accepted Kejriwal’s request for convening a joint meeting soon with Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.
She said she will take up the matter with the concerned ministers.
Kejriwal said such a meeting was important as all the concerned departments would have to work together for cleaning the river.
Apple is expecting more cooperation with China on clean energy as it released its 2019 Environment Report that outlines its climate change solutions ahead of Earth Day, which falls on April 22.
In the “Environmental Responsibility Report”, Apple has set an ambitious goal to “make products without taking from the Earth” and vowed to adopt “big steps” to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from its business operations.
Apple said 44 of its suppliers have committed to 100 per cent renewable energy for their production of Apple products, Yonhap news agency reported late on Thursday.
Among them, “the majority of clean supply chain, clean energy suppliers are in China in terms of both attaining the clean energy goal and cooperation in the use of safer materials and smarter chemistry”, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said at a recent event promoting the company’s environment initiative.
As one of Apple’s biggest manufacturers and markets in the world, China is critical to success in all of Apple’s environmental initiatives, she said.
“I think it’s important to know Chinese manufacturers can be partners in the innovation because the Chinese manufacturers have real expertise and applications which they can bring to the table,” she added.
In order to promote circular economy, Jackson said Apple is working with a number of partners including the China Association of Circular Economy to enable the movement of materials in a way that not only “protects the environment, protects innovation, but also moves us forward in reusing materials”.
Apple announced that it will quadruple the number of outlets in the US to recycle used iPhones returned by US customers, which will be disassembled by its recycling robot, Daisy.
Daisy can disassemble 15 different iPhone models at the rate of 200 per hour, according to Apple.
In response to a question over whether Apple is planning to deploy the Daisy robot system in Asia, especially in China, Jackson said Apple is looking at unique recycling solutions in China “because we have manufacturers there”.
“We need to do a lot more work in China. We need to work really closely with governments to move materials around,” she said.
“I would expect that we’re going to have some unique recycling solutions for China, and that would be great,” Jackson added.