Money down the river
More than Rs1,500 crore spent over the past two decades to clean the Yamuna, which meets 70 per cent of Delhi's daily water needs, has all been a waste. A latest Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report says the polluted length of the river has increased from 500km to 600km. The Yamuna's polluted stretch was about 500km - from Wazirabad in Delhi to Juhika in the river's downstream near Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, according to CPCB's 2010 data. But latest data show the pollution now starts from Panipat in Haryana, almost 100km upstream of Wazirabad.