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Water quality and sustainable development in India and across the world

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe and Asit K. Biswas

New Global Indian, December 2013

Last October the Supreme Court of India expressed its dissatisfaction with the current levels of water pollution in the Yamuna River: “It is unfortunate that huge public funds were spent without showing any improvement in the water quality of Yamuna”. It further added that: “It has been brought to our notice that despite spending more than Rs. 1062 crores in addition to amount being spent by local authorities in Delhi, Haryana and U.P., the pollution of Yamuna has increased by the day”. It is not only Yamuna that is suffering.

It is not only Yamuna that is suffering this indignity, the Ganga which is the holiest of the Indian rivers and to which the Indians are attached to spiritually and emotionally has encountered similar level of problems over the past four decades.

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