The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, VK Saxena, is being criticized by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s water minister, Saurabh Bharadwaj, for taking credit for the work done in restoring and maintaining the Yamuna. Bharadwaj asked the public to not be distracted by the LG’s attempts to falsely claim credit and asked everyone to work together in keeping the Yamuna clean.
The AAP government began their work to clean the Yamuna, by first reconstructing and cleaning drains in the area such as Najafgarh, Shahdara and Ghoga. In 2017, this work was acknowledged by the Centre in the form of a letter from the Chief Public Health Officer recommending other states to learn from the AAP government’s efforts. In 2019, Delhi was also awarded for their work on the Rajokri drain.
Furthermore, Delhi BJP President Virendra Sachdeva praised the LG’s efforts of Yamuna cleaning and beautification. However, the dispute between the LG and AAP’s stands true for their acclaimed work on the supplementary drain. According to Bharadwaj, the technology currently used at the supplementary drain was implemented in 2021, a tweet by Satyendar Jain back in 2021 being proof.
Delhi government’s goal was to provide an ultimately clean Yamuna for the people. To achieve this, they have worked with the help of organizations like the Supreme Court, who monitored the river’s conditions for 28 years. The AAP government is determined to keep the Yamuna clean and is continuously taking strides to improve the conditions of the river.