Nine river stretches found polluted

Nine river stretches found polluted

TMB Report

Imphal: Out of 70 places where air quality test was conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), nine river stretches along Nambul, Imphal, Iril, Khuga, Khujairok, Lokchao, Thoubal and Wangjing rivers were found polluted.

MPCB Chairman and Wabagai AC MLA Dr Usham Deben Singh shared the finding during a press conference at his chamber located inside the Imphal West DC complex here on Tuesday.

Dr Usham Deben Singh said that the Nambul river stretch of Singda Dam-Bishnupur, Imphal river stretch of Minuthong-Samurou, Iril river stretch of Kangla Siphai-Lilong Irong, Khuga river stretch of Khuga Dam-Churachandpur, Khujairok river stretch of Moreh-Maojang, Manipur river stretch of Sekmaijin-Ithai Barrage, Lokchao river stretch of Bishnupur Bazar-Loktak Lake, Thoubal river stretch of Yongchul-Mapithel Dam and Wangjing river stretch of Heirok-Wangjing were found polluted.

He said that at present, the MPCB has installed 12 Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations in Imphal West (3), Imphal East (2) and one each in Kakching, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Jiribam, Kangpokpi, Churachandpur, and Tengnoupal (Moreh) districts. He informed that one station in Imphal area has been functioning actively at present while assuring that the other remaining 11air quality monitoring stations will be made fully functional through engagement of qualified staff from this year.

There will be no financial burden on the State Government for engagement of the staff, he added.

He further said that two Continuous Ambient Air Quality stations capable of displaying data on a real time basis are installed at DM University campus and MU campus. These stations will be made fully functional this year. He said that the board proposed new monitoring stations for Leimakhong, Tupul and Kongba rivers.

Commenting on plastic waste management, Dr Deben said that the Manipur Plastic Policy, 2022 incorporates an Action Plan for plastic waste management. He informed that the plastic carry bags less than 75 microns in thickness have been banned with effect from September 30, 2021, while carry bags less than 120 microns in thickness will be banned with effect from December 31 next.

He also said that some of the plastic items banned in the state are non-woven carry bags less than 60 gm per square meter (GSM) which is single use plastic, (SUPs)with effect from July 1, 2022. They are earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene (Thermocol) for decoration); plates. cups, glasses, cutlery and PVC banners less than 100 microns, stirrers and PET or PETE bottles less than 1 litre capacity.

He appealed to the public to extend support to the government’s efforts. Dr Deben while commenting on the industrial pollution issue said that frequent complaints were received from many people against running of improper brick fields, saw mills etc. He said that if there is any complaint received during his tenure from the public or residents against brickfields, saw mills etc then he will take up necessary measures to ban them.

The major polluting units in the state are brick fields (97), stone crushers (41) and hotels (15). The units are monitored to ensure prescribed standards. Steps are being taken so that the brick fields are complied with the new standards prescribed by MoEF&CC, he added.

Dr Deben informed that the MPCB will launch a public complaint website and he will be uploading online workshops and industries which have obtained pollution certificates for public awareness.

He further assured that during his tenure, he will try his best to make his department one of the active departments. He informed that in support of the pollution control measures, the MPCB will be organizing mass tree plantation drives and awareness programmes in different districts of the State.

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