New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Wednesday said Yamuna river cannot be cleaned before the Commonwealth Games that are scheduled to take place Oct 3-14 in the national capital.
‘Yamuna can’t be cleaned in a time of just few months. It will take time. We never promised to clean it before the Commonwealth Games,’ Dikshit told reporters here.
‘We are making efforts to clean it. We are making interceptors to stop sewage flowing into Yamuna,’ she added.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board’s 10-month-long monitoring of the Yamuna at Nizamuddin, the Yamuna water is unfit not just for drinking but even for bathing.
Originating in the lower Himalayas, the Yamuna is 1,376 km long. The 22 km stretch that passes through Delhi is one of the most polluted.
Recently spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar announced a three-month campaign to clean the river.