//Can you clean up the Yamuna? Sheila asks Japan

Can you clean up the Yamuna? Sheila asks Japan

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today asked Japan to explore the possibility of helping Delhi clean up the Yamuna river.

According to an official spokesman, Ms Dikshit said this while welcoming a 20-member Japanese delegation headed by the Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture ASO Wartaru at the Secretariat today.While saying that Delhi would welcome more investment in the IT and infrastructure sectors, the Chief Minister also asked the visitors to explore possibilities in helping Delhi overcome problems related to cleaning up the Yamuna, waste management, efficient transport system and re-cycling of resources, the spokesman said.

The visitors were here as a followup to an earlier visit by a team for studies on the political, administrative structure, the culture, education system, the industries and aspects for assessing possible exchange between Fukuoka Prefecture and Delhi government.

Welcoming the guests, Ms Dikshit elaborated on the structure of the government here and expressed gratitude towards Japan for providing technical expertise and financial assistance in commissioning Delhi Metro.She said her government would like to extend the CultureQuest programme to help students have information of Japanese history, heritage and culture through the internet. Mr Wartaru offered to have agreement on youth exchange programmes and training for environmentalists in his country. He also offered to provide expertise in curbing road accidents, the spokesman said.

The visitors are keen to sign a friendship MoU with Delhi, he added.