Atishi Marlena shares an old representational image to pass it as a sewer treatment plant in Okhla which is 85% funded by the central government and will be functional in 2022.
Atishi Marlena, an important member of the Aam Aadmi Party recently shared a misleading image on her Instagram profile. The picture compares the ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat and ‘India’s largest sewer treatment plant’ in Okhla, Delhi along with the money spent on both the projects.
Firstly, the main aspect that has to be taken into consideration is that the Statue of Unity in Gujarat has already been built, whereas the sewer treatment plant is yet to be built and is still in progress. Moreover, the foundation stone for the plant was laid very recently on July 8th by Union Minister Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The project is expected to function from 2022. However, previously, all the projects aimed at Yamuna pollution abatement had been expected to be completed by September 2019.
We did a reverse image search and found that the image has been used as a representational image on the website govtech.com who have credited BASF for this image.
BASF has used the picture to represent end-of-pipe technology on its website. The webpage on BASF's website is undated but the page was last edited in 2016-17 since a link on the page points to a 2016 report of the company.
The image has been extensively used on the web to represent Water Sewage Treatment Plant.
It is a representative image but this has not been mentioned by Atishi in her post. Therefore, it is significantly misleading as people assume that the image is of the sewer treatment plant in Okhla.
The second false aspect of the post is the money used in building the statue. Atishi’s post said that 3500 crores have been used for the construction of the statue. However, according to reports, the cost for building the statue was 29.9 billion rupees which equal to 2990 crores. Her post is spreading misinformation by claiming that 3500 crores were spent on the statue.
Atishi has also added to the caption that ‘Vision and Priority matters’ which criticises the Central government for prioritising the statue and leashing out funds for that. However, it has to be noted that 85% of the funds for the sewage treatment plant which will take 3 years to complete is being funded by the central government.
In conclusion, AAP member Atishi Marlena’s post is misleading because it spreads misinformation regarding the construction, budget, and allocation of the Statue of Unity and the Sewage treatment plant in Okhla.
Update: Earlier version of the story mentioned that the picture is from California but upon further investigation, we couldn't find any conclusive evidence to support the claim.
California is well known for its water technologies and several similar structures have been built in California. One such stricture can be seen in the picture below.
Image credit: californiawatertechnologies.com
However, due to lack of evidence, we are taking back our claim that the representative picture is from California. Even though the exact date of the picture is not confirmed but it is certain that it was clicked before 2015.
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