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Subramanian Swamy jumps in for a clean Yamuna river | India News

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NEW DELHI: Maverick politician Subramanian Swamy on Friday jumped into the ‘Clean Yamuna‘ bandwagon with a petition in the Supreme Court, which agreed to make him as a party in its second suo-motu endeavour on this front initiated last year.
“We will permit you (Swamy) to intervene in the suo-motu proceedings initiated last year by the Supreme Court for cleaning Yamuna river. We will need your assistance during the proceedings,” said a bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant.
The intervention of Swamy in the matter, lying dormant in the SC, may infuse life as well as controversy into the proceedings as he has the ability to fire arguments without fear irrespective of the party in the front.
‘Clean Yamuna’ campaign has taken various shapes in the last three decades, but mostly mired with lethargy and non-implementation of high-sounding action plans on the ground. The SC had suo motu dealt with the issue from 1994 till 2017, during which various governments spent nearly Rs 5,000 crore without any tangible result towards making the river clean. In 2017, a tired SC transferred the entire matter to National Green Tribunal (NGT).
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in 2015 had promised to clean Yamuna river in five years. However, in November last year he had said that the river’s health was characterised by the burden of pollution it bore for 70 years and that it could not be cleaned in two days. He had outlined a six-point action plan to clean the river.
Yamuna river’s 22-km stretch has been the life line for Delhi and its perennial friction point with Haryana during the summer days over alleged deficient release of water. But, Haryana had always steadfastly maintained that it had scrupulously adhered to the agreed release of water.
In January last year, the SC again took suo motu cognisance of polluted rivers and decided to make a beginning by taking up the issue of pollution in the river Yamuna. The NGT, meanwhile, had set up a two-member committee headed by former Delhi chief secretary Shailja Chandra to study the problem and make recommendations for improvement of water quality in the river Yamuna. The SC asked the committee to submit a report regarding the recommendations it has made so far and the status of their implementation.
But, the issue of cleaning river Yamuna une the suo-motu proceedings had hardly been taken up by the SC in the last one year. The SC had issued notices last year to Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and directed the CPCB to submit a report identifying municipalities along the river Yamuna, which have not installed total treatment plants for sewage as per the requirement or have gaps in ensuring that the sewage is not discharged untreated into the river.





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