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The Asian Man - An International Journal
Year : 2011, Volume : 5, Issue : 1
First page : ( 9) Last page : ( 15)
Print ISSN : 0974-6366. Online ISSN : 0975-6884.

A critical analysis of yamuna action plan (YAP): its achievements and failures

Singh Ram Karan

Development & Industrial Liaison (RDIL), Department of Civil Engineering, ITM University, Gurgaon  (NCR Delhi), Sector-23A, Haryana-122017, India, E-mail: ramkaran.singh@gmail.com


This paper tries to highlight the achievements and failures of Yamuna Action Plan (YAP), which was drafted by the Indian Government's Central Water Pollution Control Board, to study the pollutant inflow in all rivers in the Yamuna River Basin. A huge amount of money has been invested by the centre and state governments in this direction but the river is still nowhere close to clean. According to our review the very approach of our government, in this matter, has to be scrutinized and given credentials only on the basis of sustainability and long-term planning. Most of the shortcomings of Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) can be accounted for by the limited or narrow mindedness of the policy makers. They have sought a shorter and easier way out of this problem, which has not given much success as most of the end-of-the-pipe approaches fail to do. This clearly shows that the actions taken have been faulty and through this paper the limitations and drawbacks of the major action, the Yamuna Action Plan, will be analyzed. Towards the end, suggestions to overcome the drawbacks of such actions have been given.



Yamuna Action Plan, YAP, River Yamuna.


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