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Arunachal Pradesh -- Chief Secretary urges to protect rivers and streams

Arunachal Pradesh , 2020-01-13 11:33 AM
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River Justice Group Youth Mission for Clean River (YMCR) submitted a memorandum to the Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh seeking measures to protect the natural rivers and streams.

The Clean River Youth Mission expressed concern about the depleting natural streams and river pollution, especially in the capital complex area and the state as a whole.

YMCR chairman SD Loda requested the chief secretary of Arunachal Pradesh to set up a committee to gather the status of natural streams and rivers across the capital city and take appropriate action.

Loda in the memorandum stated that the forum is spearheading a statewide public awareness campaign across the state to beat the rising river pollution and save the depleting streams.

The theme of the campaign is – “Clean River Mission”.

Lamenting the government’s apathy towards the burning issue, Loda said he has written several letters to the Arunachal Pradesh government in this regard which has gone unheard to date.

“The most unfortunate part is that neither the government nor any of its machinery is joining with us in this mission to save our lifelines,” he added.

“The government is well aware of the dumping of muck into the streams due to rampant earth-cutting  and unplanned  human settlement  near the natural streams, which  is one of the important factors for depleting natural streams and the river pollution, however, no action or plan has been taken yet.”

The river activist also informed that, in its various judgments, the National Green Tribunal directed the government of Arunachal Pradesh to take appropriate steps to preserve natural streams and keep the river free from pollution.

It also directed the various state governments to build a sewage treatment plant and link all drains to STP to avoid direct sewage drainage into the natural rivers and streams.

The NGT had expressed its dissatisfaction at the government's failure to protect the natural streams for many years.

Updated by: News Sources 2020-01-13 11:33 AM