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, 2014
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Yamuna unlikely to be clean by 17

Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2014

The unusual optimism displayed by Japan International Cooperation Agency regarding cleanup of Yamuna in the capital calls for a reality check. JICA has been providing financial support to the Yamuna Action Plans for 22 years now. But there has clearly been no difference in pollution levels. It's not just the water quality test reports. A glance at Yamuna in Delhi shows how it continues to resemble a sewer. JICA has invested about 63 billion yen or about Rs 3,587 crore since 1992 in YAP I, II and III. The objective of the YAPs is to "improve the water quality of river Yamuna by modernization of sewage treatment plant and rehabilitation and replacement of the existing sewage system, thereby contributing to improved public health conditions". But the claims of Shinya Ejima, chief representative, JICA, on making Yamuna water drinkable by 2017 seem implausible. This is why.

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