Imphal, March 9,
With an objective to tackle the exploitation and pollution of Nambul River, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched the “Rejuvenation and Conservation of Nambul River at Imphal in Manipur” project. The launching function was held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that the rejuvenation and conservation project of Nambul River is a dream project and appealed the people to stop littering on the river banks which lead in polluting the river as well as the environment. He mentioned that such initiative would also save the Loktak Lake, the pride of the State. He encouraged the local clubs and organisations to construct concrete garbage bins in their locality. The government would provide loan or grants in constructing those garbage bins, he added.
Chief Minister further appealed the people of the state especially those living in the hills to stop further deforestation so as to avoid from self created disastrous situation like climate change, water crisis etc. in the State. Stating that the government need the support and cooperation of the people to conserve the rivers effectively, Chief Minister appealed all the stakeholders, civil societies, local clubs etc. to extend their support towards creating clean environment in the State.
The project would be executed in phase manner under the National River Conservation Plan of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India. The first phase of the project would be undertaken in the polluted stretch of the Nambul river i.e. Iroisemba to Heirangoithong area. A sum of Rs. 97.72 Crores has been approved for the project. The State government had also submitted proposals for seven rivers i.e. Imphal, Iril, Khuga, Khujairok, Lokchao, Manipur and Thoubal rivers with an estimated project cost of around 500 Crores.
The project aims to control pollution of river water quality by intercepting and treating all the urban waste water outfalls by using latest technology for treatment plant known as MBBR (Moving Bed Bio Reactor) at Mongsangei(16 MLD) and Samushang (1 MLD).
Under this project, a total of 56 eco-friendly crematoria and 20 units Community Toilet Complex would be constructed at various areas along the Nambul River. Department such as Water Resources Department, PHED, MAHUD, State Pollution Control Board, etc. will be working together in this project.
Minister for CAF&PD Karam Shyam, Minister for Forest and Environment Th. Shyamkumar, MLAs S. Bira, O. Lukhoi, Y. Radheshyam, S. Subhaschandra, Awangbow Newmai, K. Leishiyo, Addl. Chief Secretary Dr. Suhel Akhtar, Secretary to CM Geoffrey Ningthoujam, Secretary (Law) Smt. Nungsitombi Athokpam and officials of the Directorate of Environment attended the function.