Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna Key Facts Report

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Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna is an initiative to save the river Yamuna. Delhi is located on the banks of Yamuna river and it is a major part of the Delhi city but the river water is getting polluted. Everyday more than 3.6 billion tonnes of sewerage is dumped untreated into the river. Yamuna provides more than 60% of the water used by people in Delhi. Numerous attempts have been made previously but they were not very successful.

Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna is a project for making a difference to our city of Delhi-NCR. What started as an initiative of The Art of Living, has now become a full blown citizen’s action plan. Dozens of civil society groups have already joined the movement and many companies including Microsoft, Educomp and Kent RO have become partners. The UNESCO, World Bank, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) etc. among many others are already on board the campaign and more and more people and groups are joining every day.

Delhi-NCR is not clean – India is at the centre of the world today, poised for global leadership in future – we can’t remain dirty, something needs to happen. Commonwealth Games are in October, and it would be great to present a clean city to the world.

Yamuna is very important for the socio-economic, ecological needs of the Delhi-NCR region. After rapid industralization of this region over the years, it has become one of the most endangered waterways in India. Do you know that more than half of 3.6 billion tonnes of sewerage produced in Delhi everyday flows into Yamuna untreated? So I think Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna project is a ray of hope for this ancient river. Let’s support this campaign and make Delhi region a better place to live in.

Key Facts

The river Yamuna supports the water needs of nearly 60 million people. Delhi alone depends on it for 60% of its drinking water

However, Yamuna that holds not only mythological but also historical significance to the country, is today in a pathetic state and its water is unfit for bathing, leave alone consumption

The national capital is a major culprit in the pollution of the Yamuna, accounting for about 79% of the total waste water that is poured into the river by the major towns along its banks
While 60% of Delhi’s water needs are fulfilled by Yamuna, almost the same percentage of the city’s sewage finds its way into the river

New Delhi alone produces 3.6 billion liters of sewage every day but due to poor management less than half is effectively treated. The remaining untreated waste is dumped into the Yamuna river
According to the Central Pollution Control Board, around 70% of the pollution in the Yamuna is human excrement

The effect: Severe shortages of water, with 40% of Delhi receiving only 14-20 liters a day. For reference, 14-20 liters is the water spent with every flush of the toilet

The Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna campaign is organizing an event on March 7, 2010 16th March, 2010 at 5 pm at Purana Qila in Delhi where the citizens and leaders from all sectors and areas would be participating. This will be followed by a massive cleaning of the banks of Yamuna on March 14 by the citizens to demonstrate that ‘it is possible to make a difference’.

The campaign invites all to support our initiative of national importance, which would perhaps be an inflection point for India – the citizens coming out and taking responsibility for their surroundings and this would spur the administration to be more effective too. Let us all join hands.

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