NEW DELHI (INDIA): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hosted and conducted first Yamuna Aarti in Delhi at Gita Ghat today.
The Yamuna Aarti will now be conducted on a daily basis on the river at Gita Ghat, and will have massive celebrations at special festivals to be aided by the Delhi government as part of its strategy to revive and rejuvenate the River Yamuna and the culture around it.
“I promise to promote the culture and heritage of Delhi’s Mother and main water source, River Yamuna”said Kejriwal
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Besides Chief Minister of Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia and Water Minister of Delhi, Kapil Mishra were present at the Yamuna Aarti on Gita Ghat near Kudesia Ghat and ISBT Bridge today.
There were cultural performances like dance and music on the bed of the River Yamuna, which was started off by an all-religion prayer by singers, preachers and leaders of each major faith in India, praying to River Yamuna and pledging to ensure its cleanliness.
The Delhi government sent a strong message that the River and its love was not the eminent domain of any one class or religion. It belonged to all the citizens of Delhi.
At this event, Kejriwal said “The Yamuna River has been part of the collective memory of Delhi for a long time but this lifeline is dying. We will ensure 100 percent collection and treatment of Delhi’s sewage through an extensive sewer network and construction of new functional sewage treatment plants.
“Discharge of untreated water and industrial effluents into the river Yamuna will be strictly prohibited. There will be a close and strict monitoring of all industries that discharge water into the river. Most of the pollution happens at night, while the current monitoring happens during the day only. All effluents into the river shall be monitored 24*7. No untreated water, whether industrial or domestic sewage will enter Yamuna,” he added.
He added, “There is a necessity to ensure that we join the hearts and minds of our city’s citizens with our Mother River Yamuna. It is the city’s main water source and its soul. The people must connect with their river which is why we have already conducted multiple events in River Yamuna.”
“We have already conducted a Kayaking and Canoeing Championship near Wazirabad and will host musical events and festivals soon to ensure that people remember and love their River. It is only when the city owns its river, pledges to work for it and ensures their personal commitment to clean it, will we have a clean and nourishing river. Let’s take a pledge today to clean our River Yamuna and ensure that we never make it dirty,” said Kejriwal.
Mishra said, “ Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has extended use of natural infrastructure as well to achieve task of ‘‘Nirmal Yamuna’’. Decentralized Sewage treatment system is one of them. Wastewater generated from an area area will be treated locally and could be used for non-potable use and revival of water bodies. This would prevent sewage flowing into drains leading to Yamuna and reduce dependency on fresh water.
“This would also reduce huge costs incurred in laying pipelines and its regular maintenance. DJB is in process of taking over water bodies of Delhi from revenue department. This would ensure revival and maintenance of water bodies by single agency and ensure recharging of ground water by treated ‘‘New’’ water,” said Mishra.