Irked at waste disposal at Tippi along NH, YMCR seeks DC’s intervention

ITANAGAR, June 09: Raising concerns over growing problem of waste accumulation along the National Highway near Tippi in West Kameng district, Youth Mission for Clean River (YMCR) chairman S.D. Loda, in a letter on Sunday, drew attention of the to the DC  towards environmental and health hazards posed by improper waste disposal.

The waste is not only an eyesore, but also violation of  National Green Tribunal (NGT) rules and the Environment Protection Act, 1986, the letter said, adding improper waste disposal could lead to soil and water contamination, impacting delicate Himalayan ecosystem and nearby Kameng River, a popular recreation spot.

Kameng River is a symbol of natural beauty and polluting it with waste not only harms the environment but also tarnishes the town image which would discourage tourists to impact local economy while dumped waste could turn breeding grounds for disease-carrying insects and rodents, posing health risks to residents and visitors, he said.

Thus, the YMCR seeks immediate intervention of the district administration, particularly urban development department, to ensure removal of the waste for proper disposal even in future, he said, adding the YMCR would also assist in addressing this issue.

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