19th Apr 2019 10:04:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ITANAGAR, Apr 19: The Deputy Commissioner of East Kameng district Gaurav Singh Rajawat passed a preventive order on Thursday asking the District Urban Development Agency (DUDA) to stop dumping garbage in the Kameng river, one of the state’s important rivers.
In a letter dated April 18, 2019, specifically mentioning the imposition of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the DC has asked DUDA to stop dumping solid waste/garbage of the town area in the Kameng river  with immediate effect, which till now had been violated in spite of repeated written and verbal reminders. This has resulted in several environmental and ecological challenges, the DC highlighted in his letter. The dumping is being done near the Nicham Sonam bridge in Seppa, the district headquarters of East Kameng district. 
“Failing to comply with the above directions shall invite necessary legal proceedings under the Indian Penal Code and CrPC. FIR will be lodged without any further notice if the order is not complied with,” the order further noted.
Rajawat took cognisance of a complaint letter by the Youth Mission for Clean River — Arunachal Pradesh (YMfCR-AP), a non-profit organisation which has been pressing hard to stop this illegal dumping of garbage and waste in the Kameng river. “The DUDA has been collecting garbage door to door ever since the start of the SBM and dumping them into the Kameng,” Prem Taba, a research scholar at Rajiv Gandhi University said.
“DUDA is implementing the SBM, which was received very well by the people in Seppa. They realised the importance of cleanliness and hygeine. However, DUDA did not know how to dispose the waste. When we contacted them last year, they said they did not have a waste treatment plant or landfill to dispose it,” said Taba, who is also a member of YMfCR-AP.
It is particularly painful to watch the waste being dumped in the Kameng because it once used to be a very clean river, he said. “We used to drink from it and use its water to cook. But since the start of the SBM, a vast stretch of the river has been filled with floating plastic bottles and other type of wastes,” he added. ES Newsdesk

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