Delhi’s Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot presented a budget of Rs 78,800 crore in the assembly on Wednesday, and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a press conference after its presentation. During the conference, Kejriwal announced a 6-point action plan to clean the Yamuna river, stating that the government will work towards connecting all colonies to sewage and increasing the capacity of sewage treatment plants. Kejriwal also mentioned that before the next Delhi Assembly Election in 2025, he plans to take a dip in the river alongside journalists.
Kejriwal further explained that within the next two years, the garbage at all three landfill sites in Delhi will be cleared. The government has proposed to provide a loan of Rs 850 crore to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for cleaning the landfill sites. Kejriwal informed the public that the landfill sites in Okhla will be phased out by December 2023, Bhalsua by March 2024, and Ghazipur by December 2024.
During the budget presentation, Finance Minister Kailash Gehlot also assured that all possible help will be given to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for the removal of garbage. Additionally, all colonies will be connected to drains and the capacity of dirty water treatment plants will be increased to clean the Yamuna river. It is worth noting that last year, the Kejriwal government had presented a budget of Rs 75,800 crore.