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New Delhi: The centre and the Delhi government have decided to come together to clean up the Yamuna river in the capital.

yamuna-pollutionThey 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.

(IANS)

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India Signs Agreement With Norway to Combat Marine Pollution

A joint Task Force on Blue Economy with government officials, researchers and experts as well as the private sector was established to develop sustainable solutions within its strategic areas, such as maritime and marine sector in addition to energy.

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A joint Task Force on Blue Economy with government officials, researchers and experts as well as the private sector was established to develop sustainable solutions within its strategic areas, such as maritime and marine sector in addition to energy. Pixabay

India’s Environment Ministry on Monday signed an agreement with the Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministry for an initiative seeking to combat marine pollution.

This initiative will seek to support local governments in implementing sustainable waste management practices, develop systems for collecting and analysing information about sources and scope of marine pollution and improve private sector investment.

Support will also be directed towards beach clean-up efforts, awareness raising campaigns and pilot project using plastic waste as fuel substitution for coal in cement production and developing frameworks for deposit schemes.

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This initiative will seek to support local governments in implementing sustainable waste management practices, develop systems for collecting and analysing information about sources and scope of marine pollution and improve private sector investment. Pixabay

Last month, India and Norway agreed to work more closely in this field by establishing the India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative and the India-Norway Ocean Dialogues during the Norwegian Prime Minister’s visit to India.

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A joint Task Force on Blue Economy with government officials, researchers and experts as well as the private sector was established to develop sustainable solutions within its strategic areas, such as maritime and marine sector in addition to energy.

In partnership, Norway and India will share experiences and competence, and collaborate on efforts to develop clean and healthy oceans, sustainable use of ocean resources and growth in the blue economy. (IANS)