The government will launch water transport services on the Yamuna stretch between Haryana’s Palla and Wazirabad in Delhi in the next three months, Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari said. He added that the Yamuna will be beautified, cleaned and made free of pollution. At the event in Vrindavan, the Petroleum Ministry signed an MoU with the Water Resources Ministry for purchasing treated water for Indian Oil Corporation’s Mathura refinery from an STP to be installed along the Yamuna. A nine-kilometre pipeline will be laid to carry treated water to the refinery. The Union Shipping Minister, reiterated that the government has decided to use plastic and metal waste from Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill site for construction of Delhi-Meerut road and suggested that garbage dumped in the Yamuna can be re-used for some other purpose. He also said the Central government intends to boost tourism between Delhi and Agra by initiating seaplane services. Water Resource Minister, Ms. Bharti said the tender process for setting up the 20-MLD capacity sewage treatment plant (STP) is expected to be completed within the next 2-3 months. The STP, to be set up at a cost of Rs 40 crore on hybrid annuity mode under the Centre’s Namami Gange programme, will be installed within a year, she said.
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