‘Mothers’ clean rural road, river bed at Niglok

‘Mothers’ clean rural road, river bed at Niglok

From a Correspondent

RUKSIN, Feb 19: Around 60 mothers of Niglok village in East Siang district conducted Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Niglok river site this morning and cleaned up non-biodegradable waste including plastics and bottles lying on the river bed.

The participants led by Niglok Village Mother Association president Dipa Koyu collected the waste residues, garbage, bottles, broken glasses and plastic littered on river bed and disposed off those materials by using JCB. They also visited the channel cutting work on the river bed, which is being done for diversion of river flow as the river is causing serious erosion on its right site and has already eroded several acres of crop land of Niglok villagers.

The women earlier conducted cleanliness drive at their village and Niglok portion of Mirem-Mikong-Ruksin PWD road, removing heaps of garbage and littered polythene and domestic wastes from the locality.

Niglok HGB Talung Saroh and youth leader Toklen Dupak, who joined the programme, said that some unauthorized picnic parties often come to the river and leave empty liquor battles and plastic and non-biodegradable substances thereby polluting the river.

The HGB further reported that some unruly youths from Ruksin and Jonai in Assam regularly assemble on the riverbank during night hours and indulge in alcoholism and drug abuse, causing concerns for the local villagers.

“We have demanded the local administration and police to restrain suspected movement and assembly of the unruly youths in the area, but nothing has been done so far in this regard,” lamented Saroh.

The HGB informed that the locals in a meeting decided to ‘ban’ unauthorized picnicking and use of non-biodegradable materials like plastic besides rude fishing in the river, cautioning that violator would be imposed penalty ranging from Rs 5,000 to 10,000. “Our villagers have decided to supply disc-plate and cup made of bamboo and other bio-degradable materials to the picnic parties against payment of a nominal fee,” Saroh added.

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