New Delhi: As a layer of toxic foam was seen floating on the surface of the Yamuna River in the national capital, Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena on Monday slammed the AAP government for inaction.
In a post on platform X, Delhi LG said, “And…the Yamuna flows festering..!!”
And.. the Yamuna flows festering..!!
— LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) November 20, 2023
Amid the four-day festival of ‘Chhath Pooja’, toxic foam floats in the Yamuna water in the Kalindi Kunj area, despite ample promises made by the Aam Aadmi party on cleansing the holy river.
The toxic foam of the Yamuna also sparked a political blame game between the BJP and AAP.
Earlier, AAP minister Atishi inspected the Burari Ghat and made an assurance that the froth in the Yamuna will be cleared soon. “To remove that (toxic foam), sprinkling of food-grade chemicals and enzymes is being done there. The sprinkling team started the sprinkling work on 10 boats last night. In the next two days, the toxic foam will completely vanish…But I would like to urge the Uttar Pradesh government to not send its polluted water to Delhi,” she said while speaking to ANI.
AAP MLA and Vice-chairman of Delhi Jal Board, Somnath Bharti, had said, “Foam in the Yamuna River is being created downstream because the water is falling from a height. The foam is harmless, and chemical dosing is being done to remove the foam from river water,” he said.
He asserted that the foam in the water is harmless. Bharti also assured that this is the last time that the foam is seen in the water, it won’t be seen from the next time.
The toxic foam is due to the high phosphate content in the Yamuna River which can cause skin and respiratory problems, reported ANI.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Delhi High Court had refused to entertain a plea seeking permission to organise Chhat Puja at the banks of the Yamuna.