New Delhi: What has come as most surprising that despite more than Rs 1, 300 crore being spent for 19 years on several Yamuna cleaning projects outcome has remained nothing. This is a startling revelation made by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court following its order on February 27, the CAG has said that the states like Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Haryana have failed to make Yamuna pollution free.

Notably, the onus of the cleaning of river lies with states and the non-government organizations and they receive special funds for the purpose from the Centre.

Illustrating upon the figures, the Centre told the Apex Court that the second phase of Yamuna Action Plan for which Rs 1,306 crore has been earmarked will be completed by June 2012.

During the performance audit of water pollution for the period 2011-12, the audit agency found that the government funded projects for the cleaning river Yamuna in the three mentioned states are not doing well despite crores having been spent on Yamuna pollution control.

Moreover, no drastic change has been visible in the pollution figures of the river according to the 2000 data, the CAG report said.

It is noteworthy that the CAG report has put a red mark on the pollution level in Yamuna in the national capital in 2004.  Unfortunately, the condition remains the same in a number of fresh performance audits of Yamuna cleaning projects.

JPN\ Bureau