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Since 1st March, 1999
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Yamuna pollution

New Delhi, Jan. 16: Those drinking water from the Yamuna may well be consuming about 11.8 crore particles of coliforms, a faecal matter, per 100 ml.

This is against the permissible level of 5,000 particles of coliform per 100 ml, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), which today submitted a report to the Supreme Court on the pollution level in the Yamuna.

Tests conducted on April 3 showed that there were 37 lakh coliforms per 100 ml, making the Yamuna water unfit for drinking, bathing, irrigation or any other purpose.

According to the CPCB report, tests conducted on November 1 revealed that south Delhi’s Madanpur Khadar has the highest concentration of coliforms. The faecal coliform level was recorded at 1,47,000 and the total coliform concentration at 11.8 crore per 100 ml.

The Delhi Jal Board submitted before the court that it would require 70 cusecs of fresh water from Haryana in addition to the 125 cusecs supplied by Punjab.

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