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People’s representatives, NGOs, environmental activists and pollution experts from Agra and its surrounding areas in Uttar Pradesh at a conference here have demanded heritage status and a separate authority for the Yamuna river. In a resolution passed unanimously late Sunday evening, the conference demanded that a Yamuna Authority be set up to take over the responsibility of keeping the river clean. “The ineffective and corrupt Jal Nigam (Water Corporation) of Uttar Pradesh after so many action plans and spending almost Rs. 1,000 crore (Rs.10 billion) has failed to show any tangible results,” the resolution said. The conference was organised by Rivers of the World Foundation and Yamuna Foundation for Blue Water, with speakers calling for greater involvement of the local population in saving a natural asset on which the life and health of millions of people depended. Read more at http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/heritage-status-separate-authority-demanded-for-yamuna_100138663.html

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