Chhath Puja 2022: Delhi govt sprays ‘poisonous chemical’ on Yamuna to remove suds, says Manoj Tiwari

Chhath Puja 2022

Manoj Tiwari, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said on Thursday (Oct. 27) that the Delhi government had sprayed a “very dangerous chemical” into the Yamuna to eliminate suds before Chhath Puja, when worshippers take a sacred bath in the river.

AAP MLA and Vice Chairman of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Saurabh Bhardwaj, responded to the claims by saying: “Leaders of the BJP should educate themselves in science and technology.

The national government’s NMCG (National Mission to Clean Ganga) has also endorsed DJB’s chemical defoamer technology.”

Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, a BJP leader and MP from West Delhi, issued an open invitation to Arvind Kejriwal to swim in the Yamuna and accused the prime minister of using his Thursday (Oct. 27) visit to the Ghazipur garbage site as a ruse to draw attention away from the river’s pollution. . In a news conference, Tiwari said that by dispersing a poisonous chemical into the Yamuna, the government is attempting to conceal its inability to clean up the river.

The MP from northeast Delhi stated, “We visited the Kalindi Kunj area to assess the condition of the Yamuna’s pollution, and we were surprised to find that a very poisonous chemical was being sprayed to hide the foam. The people who were spraying it ran away immediately upon seeing us. We have lodged a complaint.”

The administration, he said, “has descended so low that it is attempting to conceal the phosphorus and ammonia froth by pouring chemicals on mother Yamuna.”

Ramvir Bidhuri on the pollution of the Yamuna River:

Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, the leader of the opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said in a statement that on Hindu holidays, particularly Chhath Puja, Kejriwal always remembers to clean the Yamuna.

After Chhath Puja, he attends to other tasks, and the cycle repeats, according to Bidhuri.

Because Kejriwal, who speaks about taking a plunge every time, hasn’t made meaningful efforts to clean up the Yamuna, it is obvious as a white sheet of ammoniacal phosphorous, and people have realised this for the last eight years. “Mother Yamuna is covered in foam,” he remarked.

Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma in Yamuna River Pollution:

Kejriwal was challenged to swim in the Yamuna River by West Delhi MP Verma.

I urge him to take a bath in the river within two days since he (Kejriwal) claims to have cleansed the Yamuna.

Verma criticised Kejriwal for going to the Ghazipur landfill, saying, “Is rubbish the issue right now? The Delhi CM went to the Ghazipur dump to deflect attention from the problem of pollution in the Yamuna river.”

Additionally, he said that the MCD was doing a fantastic job of managing garbage.

During his visit to the Ghazipur site, Kejriwal said that the upcoming MCD elections will be based on the waste problem. If his Aam Aadmi Party wins the election, which is anticipated to be conducted in late 2022 or early next year, he has promised to clean up Delhi in five years.

Using an antifoaming substance in the Yamuna was also recommended by the Center’s “Namami Gange” project, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj tweeted in response.

Not all chemicals are toxins, he added.

He promised the worshippers, “We would give cleaner ghats and Yamuna without foam at Chhath Puja.”

He said that the BJP leaders were ignoring the crucial concerns surrounding the approaching MDC elections.

Bhardwaj said that the claims were an attempt to draw attention away from the Delhi Municipal Corporation’s (DCM) 15 years of mismanagement.

It is “completely silly and erroneous,” he continued, to claim that “a toxic chemical” is being used to reduce the foam in the Yamuna. He was responding to BJP leaders who had been “spreading false news about the holy river Yamuna.”

Chemicals do not always entail harm, he said, adding that even the chlorine and alum used to purify water are chemicals.

Images and videos from Chhath Puja last year that showed worshippers giving prayers in the foam-filled Yamuna prompted a political battle between the AAP and the BJP, leading the Delhi government to implement solutions like putting bamboo netting and misting water to disperse foam.

The Delhi BJP will launch a hotline number to assist supporters in a related development.

In order to monitor and coordinate efforts to control and minimise foaming downstream of the Okhla Dam on the Yamuna during Chhat Puja, the Center established a joint committee of stakeholders earlier this month. Members of the committee include the National Mission to Clean Ganga, Upper Yamuna River Board, Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department, Delhi Jal Board, Irrigation Department, and Delhi Government Flood Control and Delhi Pollution Control Committee.

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