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Yamuna River( Road Bridge) at Kalpi,Jalaun,Uttar Pradesh,India

The government of India’s capital, Delhi, has turned to an Israeli firm to clean a major drainage stretch of one of the most polluted rivers in the country, the River Yamuna.

Almost the entire household and industrial effluents of the national capital region are dumped into the water of the river.

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Israeli firm Ayala Water and Ecology Ltd., known for its water purifying and desalinization technology, has been asked to formulate a detailed plan to clear up the Bhalswa to Surghat stretch of the supplementary drain, according to Sputnik News.

The eight-kilometer stretch of drain empties into the highly polluted Yamuna River.

Ayala Water and Ecology has specialized knowledge in phytoremediation, a natural method using shrubs to remove and destroy contaminants in soil, water and constructed wetlands. The firm is already working on projects in Hyderabad and Chennai, two other Indian cities.

“As we celebrate 25 years of growing partnership, we are glad to offer Israeli technology integrated in government initiatives for the benefit of the Indian citizen,” said Israeli Ambassador to India, Daniel Carmon, according to the Press Trust of India. “This is another example of the multifaceted partnership between India and Israel.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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