SHILLONG, March 19: Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Water Resources, Rowell Lyngdoh today said that the Lukha and Myntdu rivers in Jaintia Hills has been polluted due to the extraction of coal in the vicinity of the two rivers.
Replying during the Question Hour today, Lyngdoh said, “If this (coal mining) was stopped then turally the river will be cured by itself.”
NPP legislator James K Sangma sought to know from the government what corrective steps the government is taking to rejuvete these dead rivers. The Deputy Chief Minister informed that a community led project has been proposed by the government and under the project various activities like reclaiming of mining area, conservation of flora and fau will be taken up. Earlier, the Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Water Resource said that a project mely-Community Led Ecosystem Magement Project (CLEMP) has been submitted to the government of India. UDP legislator from Nongthymmai, Jemino Mawthoh said that the CLEMP was a long term approach to save the two rivers and he was unsure whether the particular project will be effective.
Pollution threat Myntdu-Lukha rivers