Youth Mission for Clean River

The Youth Mission for Clean River (YMCR) has assured support towards the authorities in cleaning the Kameng, Kuch and Mach rivers in Arunachal Pradesh.

The YMCR made the assurance on Monday during a district-level meeting held at Kameng Hall Seppa under the chairmanship of East Kameng DC-cum-chairman of DUDA to discuss issues related to solid waste management, individual household latrines, and implementation of civic & service charges in Seppa town.

Speaking on the occasion, YMCR chairman SD Loda expressed deep concern over the pollution of Kameng river and its tributaries, mostly due to the dumping of garbage directly into the river.

Loda urged the East Kameng deputy commissioner to act seriously against those responsible for polluting the river, specially those who are residing nearby the river catchment area, identify pollution sources and expedite the construction of solid waste treatment plant.

To combat the excessive pollution in rivers across Seppa town, Loda suggested that drainage nets be used in all colony exit nallah points so that the carrier nallah waters are clean before reaching the rivers and ban single-use plastic sale in the district.

Loda also urged the district administration to install dustbins with segregation facility in all the colonies; organize cleanest colony competition to motivate the common public and to direct the Pepsico distributors to facilitate take back policy of the bottles for recycling.

He also said the agriculture department has to initiate mass awareness on turning household organic waste into compost/fertilizer for crops so that biodegradable wastes are treated at home itself.

Urging the district administration to prepare action plan for cleaning Kameng river at Nungtey Anung point, Kuchi and Macha river along with WRD, PHE, DUDA and all user agencies, Loda said the YMCR would support with 40 volunteers for the clean drive provided the weather is favourable and logistic arranged by the district administration.

Among others, additional deputy commissioner, DUDA officials, colony chairpersons, representatives of EKCCI, KRRC and other stakeholders also attended the meeting.

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