Shillong(Meghalaya),July 13: Photographs of the effects of pollution on Umïam Lake have gone viral on social media which has drawn the attention of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.
“The recent picture of Umïam Lake that has been doing the rounds in social media is a matter of grave environmental concern and an eye sore,” said the Chief Minister while maintaining that there should be short term and also long term measures to clean up the lake.
The Chief Minister has suggested the formation of a committee comprising members from the Forest department, District Administration, MeECL, Shillong Municipal Board, District Council and Water Resources department to work out the mechanisms to clean Umïam Lake.
“While the government will definitely look into long term measures to clean Umïam Lake, it is urgently required to stop further waste being dumped into the lake,” he said.
While officials have clarified that the picture doing rounds on social media is an old one, nevertheless it is a wakeup call and measures have to be installed to clean the lake and prevent it from getting polluted further.
There were several pictures of polluted Umïam Lake being circulated on social media and a video shot at Mawdun which show cesspools of plastic and other effluents in many parts of this once pristine lake.
Constructed in 1965 for storage of water for power generation, the Umïam Lake at present is bombarded by garbage that flows from 16 streams and rivulets including the Wahumkhrah.
Meanwhile, Conrad has also chaired a meeting with different line departments and civil organizations to discuss ways of ensuring cleanliness in and around Shillong city.
While seeking suggestions from various departments like District Administration, Forest, Shillong Municipal Board and Urban Affairs, Conrad underscored the important role that local bodies, institutions and the District Council can play towards achieving this goal.
He also said that the aim of having a clean Shillong would be met more aggressively after the approval of the Action Plan by the Central Pollution Board.
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