Clean Yamuna drive continues

THE HINDU [2 JUNE, 2002]
By Our Staff Reporter

NEWDELHI, JUNE 1: For the second day running, the Delhi Chief Minister. Shiela Dikshit, today took part in the "Yamuna Safai Abhiyan" and performed "sharamdaan" at the Yamuna’s Sur and Khudasia Ghats.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Dikshit appreciated the participatory role of school children in the cleanliness drive and called upon them to persuade their parents to keep the Yamuna clean. While appealing to the people of Delhi for cooperation, Ms. Dikshit urged them to minimise their offerings to the Yamuna while performing religious rituals.

Others who perfomed "shramdaan" at various points on the banks of the Yamuna included the Delhi Environment Minister, Deep Chand Bandhu the Finance Minister, Mahinder Singh Saathi; the Health and Urban Development Minister, A.K. Walia; the Power and Transport Minister, Ajay Maken; and the Education Minister, Raj Kumar Chauhan. Hundreds of volunteers from the labour, education and flood departments of the Delhi Government and employees of tile Municipal Corporation of Delhi New Delhi Municipal Council and members of various Resident Welfare Associations also participated in the drive.

The various points where "shramdaan" was performed were the Manju Ka Teela Gurudwara, Geeta Colony Pontoon Bridge, Sur and Khudasai Ghats and the Yamuna banks near the ITO bridge.