Meghalaya: WGH DC convenes meeting to address river pollution


TURA | SEPT 14, 2020:

West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh, on Monday, convened a meeting to discuss the encroachment of streams in and around Tura.

The meeting was held at the DRDA Hall following a serious observation pointed out by the chairman and members of the Committee on Environment, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly during their recent visit to Garo Hills last week.

The meeting also aimed to address the pollution of streams near Tura Bazaar.

Awareness programmes on waste segregation were organised earlier but some have not followed the guidelines and therefore we have directed the concerned authorities to penalise violators, he said.

Singh stated that he had directed the CEO of the Tura Municipal Board to ensure door-to-door garbage collection in all the localities of the district and to provide dustbins in key market areas of the town as suggested by the Committee on Environment.

He also requested citizens to not throw garbage carelessly, especially into streams as it causes serious environmental degradation and health hazards.

Speaking about the encroachment and illegal construction of houses and commercial establishments along the streams as pointed by the Committee on Environment, the Deputy Commissioner said that the committee had also taken note of the encroachment on the land belonging to the District Maternity and Child Hospital, Tura.

While enquiring about implementing Building Bye-laws by the District Urban Planner, Tura they discovered that some owners had acquired the pattas for the encroached land from the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council.

The Deputy Commissioner urged the District Urban Planner to take up the matter with the Secretary of the GHADC and cautioned the people that encroachment of streams will not be tolerated.