Around Rs. 4,400 crore has been spent towards treatment over the last 18 years

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought an explanation from the Centre, the Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments regarding the Yamuna continuing to be highly polluted despite around Rs. 4,400 crore having been spent over the last 18 years towards cleaning the river. Hearing a petition, the Bench of Justices Swatanter Kumar and Madan B. Lokur expressed concern over the enormous spending: “All the agencies have spent crores of rupees. What is the purpose? What work has been done ultimately?” The Bench noted that despite there being as many as 18 sewage treatment plants to treat the effluents, the treated water had “a high rate of pollution”.