Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari Cleans Yamuna With 2000+ School Students

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Manoj Tiwari participated in a Yamuna cleanliness drive on the banks of the river in North Delhi's Sonia Vihar as part of an initiative for Gandhi Jayanti

Written By Sumi Rajappan | Mumbai | Updated On:

A day ahead of the 150th birth anniversary of  Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, BJP launched an initiative in New Delhi. During the initiative, Chief Manoj Tiwari participated in a Yamuna cleanliness drive on the banks of the river in North Delhi's Sonia Vihar. About 2000 students from 30-40 private and govt schools across the capital came and took part in the drive with an agenda to clean the banks of the river that runs 54 KM's through the capital.

"MCD workers are also getting motivated by this. I'm very happy that all the students have gathered to clean the Yamuna. I think that they have been heavily motivated by the father of the nation himself Mahatma Gandhi. Swacch Bharat Abhiyan has also gotten a major push. you are the future if Delhi. You people are only the brand ambassador of this initiative, " said Manoj Tiwari.

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Plastic and glass bottles were found during the drive

He further added, "Students while cleaning have found plastic and glass bottles and also the pop statues of Lord Ganesha. They have been saddened by finding all these harmful products deep in the soil. I would urge and request people of Delhi to take an oath that we will keep our surrounding clean from now on. This is not just a symbolic initiative and we plan to continue it."

The leader also took to the stage with the organisers and urged all the students to take the oath which read "I will remain committed and I will devote two hours every day for cleanliness and I will neither litter nor let others do it. I will encourage others to take this oath which I'm taking today. I understand that it is my duty to serve Mother India and to keep it clean."

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Extra sewage produced by Delhi

Delhi, with a capacity of only 276 crore litres of sewage, generates 327 crore litres of sewage daily. The Yamuna Action Plan-I was taken up between 1993 and 2003, and Yamuna Action Plan-II was extended in 2003 to cover Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, along with Delhi.

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Additionally, eleven projects were taken up by the National Mission for Clean Ganga to conserve the river, with the action plan primarily targeting three major drainage zones Kondli, Rithala and Okhla. Nine projects were started at the end of the year 2018 in the NCR region under the aegis of Yamuna Action Plan-III.

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By 2030, 40% Indians will not have access to drinking water