SHILLONG: The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) today submitted a memorandum on the quality of the drinking water supplied by the Shillong Municipal Board to the residents of Shillong, following RTI findings which revealed the water supplied to the public is unfit for human consumption.
Speaking to media persons, Thomass Passah, President of KHNAM Youth Wing said during their meeting with the Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh here on Tuesday, the party has apprised the latter of the RTI findings and immediately sought the intervention of the government to ensure that human lives are not put at risk.
Passah informed that Lyngdoh has assured that she will hold a meeting on May 2 to be attended by experts from the PHE department, Pasteur Institute, doctors besides others.
According to the memorandum, the KHNAM youth wing have discovered that the water supplied through the GSWSS Mawphlang is unsatisfactory for human consumption on several instances.
“We have requested the government to notify the test report of water sample in local news paper for public awareness. However, the government have not initiated such steps till date,” Passah said adding that the ignorance of the government has compelled KHNAM have filed an RTI seeking copies of all test reports of drinking water for the year 2015 and 2016.
RTI findings have revealed that the water sample of Umjasai SMB, collected from Khlieh Iewduh and Upper Mawprem have been tested and 27 report tested between May 2015 and Nov 2015 have been remarked as unfit for human Consumption and requires treatment.
It was also revealed that the water sample of Wahrisa, SMB collected from Upper Malki reservoir, Upper Lachumier reservoir have been tested and 29 reports tested between April 2015 to Feb 2016 have revealed that water is high on iron and is unfit for human consumption.
In line with the KHNAM youth wing president said that the reservoirs have been found unsatisfactory on continues pattern which could be a cause of concern for the people who uses this water for drinking purposes.
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