As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), on 27 March 2022, organized Yamunotsav in association with a group of NGOs at ASITA East River Front, ITO Bridge, to celebrate the glory of Yamuna with a “pledge to keep it clean”. Director General (DG) of NMCG, G Asok Kumar congratulated all the participating organisations for successfully engaging several stakeholders and all age groups in Yamunotsav and urged the people to dedicatedly join hands to clean the Yamuna which is the biggest and the most important tributary of the river Ganga.
Reiterating the commitment of NMCG to clean the Yamuna, Kumar said, “While under Namami Gange Programme, the focus was on the main stem of Ganga Basin and the positives results are now showing, the target now is to clean river Yamuna and ensure that three big STPs being constructed are completed by December 2022 with the support of stakeholders, preventing all the major drains and dirty water from falling into the river.” Hopefully, the people of Delhi will see a much cleaner Yamuna by next year. NMCG is funding the construction of sewerage infrastructure for the river to the tune of around Rs 2300 crore, he added.
Further, he said that we all should be proud of the Yamuna, its banks, its flora & fauna and as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleaning the Ganga and its tributaries like the Yamuna should become a Jan Andolan.
More than 1000 people gathered at the Yamuna ghat in the morning to celebrate Yamunotsav which witnessed live paintings, street plays, classical performances, spiritual performances, music and dance events, and more. The festivity was in the air at the Yamuna ghat where people from all age groups revered the river and took part in creating the momentum to clean the river. One of the most inspiring corners at the event was a board with pictures and paintings made by underprivileged children. To spread the message of ‘no-plastic’, kullads (earthen glasses) were kept on the water stations to drink water.