Chandigarh: The alarming pollution level in Yamuna River has yet again become a cause of concern for the Centre. With Haryana and Delhi passing the bucks for polluting the river, the Central Government has seriously taken up the lax attitude of the two states towards the river. 

Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh has called upon the Delhi and Haryana chief ministers on Sunday to discuss over Yamuna.

Along with holding discussions over Yamuna related squabbles between the two states, deliberations would take place for the steps to check the pollution of the river.

The rising pollution has led to the contamination of water of the Gurgaon drain. Such is the contamination rate that the Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) near Badarpur has reached an alarming level of 30 miligram per litre against the prescribed standards of 3 miligram per litre.

Haryana has been blaming Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for rising pollution levels in the Yamuna.  The Haryana government states that large amount of waste of Delhi’s region is discharged into the river. Further, it added that the river is getting polluted by the time it reaches Delhi, as 26 drains of UP are also discharging the waste into Yamuna. Similarly, the two states have been holding Haryana responsible for the pollution.

Voicing concern, Ramesh pulled up the state governments of Delhi and Haryana during a programme of National Ambient Noise Monitoring Network here on Wednesday.

"Delhi and Haryana... I am tired of Delhi passing the buck to Haryana and Haryana passing the buck to Delhi. I want once and for all passing the buck on Yamuna to stop. One day in morning Haryana is blaming Delhi and next day Delhi is blaming Haryana," Ramesh said.

He admitted that there is ‘no water’ left in the river and the level of industrial and sewage waste dumped in the river is on the rise.  Ramesh said that he had been given a status report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) after the field visit.
 
He said he has convened a meeting of Chief Ministers of both the states hoping that a consensus will be evolved about the steps to be taken to plug the pollution in Yamuna.


JPN/Bureau