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Under the first phase of the Yamuna Action Plan, the National River Conservation Directorate has approved a Rs 23.69-crore scheme for checking the discharge of untreated effluents from Sonepat into the Yamuna river. This amount is part of the Rs 211.5 crore that was approved as the project's cost when the plan was first initiated in 1993 to control pollution in the Yamuna. The government has also sanctioned Rs 20.65 crore for the second phase of the project.

Official sources said that besides Sonepat, five other towns in Haryana have been covered by the scheme in phase one. They are Yamunanagar, Jagadhari, Karnal, Panipat, Gurgaon and Faridabad. In the second phase of the plan, six other small towns

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