Chandel, June 2,
The Monsang Pantha Youth and Cultural Club organized one day River cleaning drive at Chakpi River. The event was organized with the aim to save Chakpi River from plastic pollution. Around 150 youths of Monsang Pantha village took part in the drive.
The event began with a prayer from Mr. Ng. Johnson the Village Church Leader. The stretch from United College Chandel site till the end of Monsang Pantha village settlement of around 4 kms were cleansed in today’s drive.
Awareness boards against pollution and use of fishing bombs and chemical were also posted in few strategic locations of the river. The drive was solely supported by few generous individuals and village Authority of the village.
Speaking at the event, the Club President Mr. Ng. Salim Peter urged the youths that, it is the responsibility of everyone including the youths to spread awareness on protection of environment including the water bodies and rivers. He said “this river is our lifeline, we need to keep it clean and healthy. Our generation and the generation to come should preserve and protect this river from drying up”.
He also said that continuous awareness should be carried on against excessive cutting trees, using of fishing bombs and poisonous chemicals for fishing in the river. One of the active youth members Ts. Grace Monsang said that this is the just the beginning of the campaign to save Chakpi river and prevent pollution of various kinds especially Plastic pollution which does not degrade easily.
Recently the Chakpi River all along the village settlement areas has become plastic field due to careless use of plastic bottle, alcohol glass bottle and other plastic waste. The drive was to not only to clean the waste but also to spread awareness and necessity to continue cleaning and protecting the river.