New Delhi: Under pressure from Yamuna Mukti Yatra, the Central Government has accepted Yamuna Rakshak Dal’s demand for constructing a parallel drain to the river for disposal of filthy water in it. Its detailed plan will be prepared in the next two months.

No disposal of filthy water in Yamuna

Union Environment Minister Jayanti Natrajan and Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat apprised the leaders of Yamuna Mukti Yatra that the government has accepted their demands for building a parallel drain to river and releasing more water from Hathini Kund barrage. However, the final decision will be taken after the consultation with Haryana government.

Natrajan and Rawat will discuss the final proposal with protestors on Tuesday. Earlier, both the ministers held several rounds of meeting with the Yamuna Mukti Yatra leaders including its president Jai Krishna Das and mentor Narayan Das to arrive at conclusion. 

Ministers also informed that two representatives of Yamuna Rakshak Dal will be included in the committee comprising technical experts and environmentalists. The committee has been asked to submit its report within two months. Rawat also held meeting with representatives of water resources ministries of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The protestors are yet to take final decision on the government proposals. Jai Krishna Das said that if the government does not accept our demands by Tuesday, we will stage ‘Sansad March’. Commenting on the issue, Narayan Das told if the government takes required steps, we may consider stopping the yatra.

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