Itanagar : Raising the issue of flood threat to Arunachal Pradesh and other North-eastern states by river Siang/Brahmaputra during a ‘zero hour’ discussion in the Lok Sabha yesterday, MP Ninong Ering has urged the Centre to compensate the state governments of Arunachal and Assam in order to help the local fishermen and farmers to overcome their losses.
The Congress MP from Arunachal East Parliamentary Constituency said that he also raised the same issue in the Parliament last year.
He said due to the sedimentation of the cement like substance the river levels around the whole belt deposited in the months of October 2017 to March 2018, the river basin has risen by more than 10-15 ft which is a matter of concern. Last year also, the river had turned muddy, turning the river black. The turbidity had reached from 0.5 to a 482 NTU.
“Elements like iron have suddenly increased in the river, making the water poisonous. It has occurred due to heavy land excavation and construction going on in the Chinese territory to divert the Brahmaputra/Siang River,” the MP pointed out.
He informed that the normal flow of river Siang due to increase in volume of the water has turned very violent and turbulent which is threat to Pasighat. The monsoon of this year has been very scarce till now. But suppose the rains come in its normal course in the month of August, it will affect all the downstream villages and towns in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.