Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Sunday inspected the conservation works underway to save the river Nambul in Imphal from further pollution.

The Manipur government had launched the ‘Rejuvenation and Conservation of Nambul River’project in March 2019 to save the Nambul river, which had been identified as one of the most polluted rivers in the state by the Central Pollution Control Board.

The river that originates from Kangchup hills in West Imphal district also flows into the Loktak Lake thereby polluting it.

Loktak Lake is a Ramsar site and the only largest freshwater lake in the Northeast.

“Inspecting the #NambulRiver where rejuvenation and conservation works are going on under Environment & Climate Change department to save the historic river from further pollution and deterioration,” N Biren Singh tweeted.

The Manipur directorate of the environment is implementing the project at an estimated cost of Rs 97.72 crores under the National River Conservation Plan of the ministry of environment, forest and climate change.

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The state government aims to implement the project and free the Nambul river of effluents within three years.

The pollution of the Nambul river is being controlled by intercepting and treating urban waste originating in the stretch between Iroisemba and Heirangoithong.

The central government had also approved Rs 100 crores respectively for cleaning of solid waste particles from the river.

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