Yamuna Cleanup Effort Recognized at the U.S. Capitol
Humanitarian Leadership Award for the Year 2000
October 19, 2000
We express our special thanks to everyone calling
in and sending funds for the "Blue Yamuna". We know that the poor dwellers
from the bank of the Yamuna will heartily thank these kind acts and
contribution. Our special thanks go the following persons:
o Mr. Shravan Kumar, and Mr. Brij Khandelwal, Agra, India o Mr. Dennis Haag,
Lanexa, KS o Ms. Stephanie Nguyen, Alexandria, VA o Mr. David P. Matthews,
Kingsport, TN o Dr. Ken Brakken, Arvada, CO o Dr. Shyam Mathur, Springfield,
VA o Mr.&Mrs. Folgu & Sunanda Nag, Silver Spring, MD o Ms. Ellen Spitalnik,
Accoceek, MD o Dr. George Garland, Washington, DC .. and more, to be added.
Yamuna Cleanup Deadline
Supreme Court Gives Delhi 2 Years For Yamuna Clean Up - A New Deadline
Expressing Shock over the Delhi Government's
failure to provide clean water to the capital's 1.38 crore (13.8 Million)
people, the Supreme Court fixed March 31, 2003 as the deadline for making
the Yamuna pollution-free.
Referring to the presence of the jhuggis,
which contributed to river pollution, the bench pulled up the government for
not removing them from public land. The bench also queried the Urban
Development Ministry on it's 5-point action plan to clean the Yamuna. It
said that the ministry should inform the court about the manner in which it
can be implemented.
The bench directed the Delhi chief secretary to
file an affidavit detailing steps to be taken to improve the quality of the
river so that it could no longer be called maili (dirty) Yamuna after
March 31, 2003. The case has it's origin in the suo motu notice the Supreme
Court took of a report published by the Hindustan Times on the pollution of
the Yamuna. The Yamuna cleanup effort by the Yamuna Foundation was also published in
India Abroad newspaper a few times and have caused public awareness of this
serious pollution problem.
More details are in Hindustan Times (April 10, 2001).
Yamuna Foundation for Blue Water, Inc.
The Formally Registered Maryland Tax-Exempt Corporation Welcomes
New Project coordinators, Mr. Rabi Bhattacharjee and Diplu Dutta
in New Delhi, India. The Blue Yamuna Team consisting of other members from
Delhi and Agra area have been strengthened by this teaming effort of these
two experienced individuals from Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).
Yamuna Foundation for Blue Water (Blue Yamuna), a non-profit organization,
is still looking for sincere and progressive volunteers in India.
The details on the Yamuna Foundation with a brief background are furnished
earlier on top of the page.
We'd be interested in a brief Resume from prospective volunteers, and a
one/two-page proposal (a must for evaluation) indicating:
How can the individual can assist in cleaning up the Yamuna river near Delhi, India?
What Steps would be needed (as deemed by the individual) to bring back life to the Yamuna river?
What specific amount of time the individual can provide per week?
A one/two-page proposal should be sent by email, fax, or standard mail to
the following address:
Yamuna Foundation for Blue Water
1496 Harwell Ave.
Crofton, Maryland 21114
Note: All Blue Yamuna team members
are participating in the Yamuna Cleanup activities on their
personal time and contributing their personal funds. Not a single
volunteer of the Yamuna Foundation or ROW Foundation (Fed. Tax ID 26-062-3120 )is receiving any compensation,
rather they are paying towards the cause. They are conducting the
activities in compliance with applicable regulations (US 18
U.S.C. ? 207 , 5 CFR 2635, and others; India - IPC for Ethics)
in their respective countries. They are dedicated To Turn the
Yamuna Water Blue for the poor and needy who have no access to
municipal or bottled water.