Plastic bags are a ubiquitous contamination of our landscape, urban and rural.
The campaign launched by students’ body DESAM against the use of Plastic polythene bag in the state needs supports from not only the people of the state but also from the government too.
Much has been promised to keep the Imphal clean and some of the officers in the state government are trying all it can to make the city clean. Off late Imphalites saw the IMC engaging large number of workers to clean the city. The kind of initiative is also worth appreciation, not because it will keep the city clean but also this initiative provides jobs to many people particularly those people who have been looking for jobs of any kind.
But then when it comes for keeping the city clean or ban of the use of plastic polythene bag, it is always the government first that should be in the forefront to materialize the kind of initiative. However, a mere promise or announcement without converting those in action will certainly lead the good works of the students’ body or some sincere employees in the government department into under frustration.
Yesterday this newspaper has highlight on how the Lamphelpat, the site where the Chief Minister of Manipur had promise to protect as wet land area to keep the environment clean, has been converted into a dumping site of garbage collected from the Imphal city.
Cores and crores of rupees has been spent at Lamdeng in establishing the solid waste management plant at Landeng and last year the government had already announced that it is working. When the Landeng solid waste management plant is working it is surprising to see why the garbage are being dump at Lamphel area and that too by exposing in open air. The way that the IMC dump the garbage at Lamphelpat shows that something is wrong in the multi crore worth Solid Waste Management plant at Lamdeng in Imphal Wast.
The garbage being dump at Lamphelpat will have serious environmental effect. We all know that Environmental pollutants have various adverse health effects from early life some of the most important harmful effects are perinatal disorders, infant mortality, respiratory disorders, allergy, malignancies, cardiovascular disorders, increase in stress oxidative, endothelial dysfunction, mental disorders, and various other harmful effects.
The government, particularly the MAHUD department should clarify on why the garbage from the Imphal are being dump at Lamphelpat instead of taking it to Lamdeng Solid waste management plant.