From our correspondent
Itagar, Feb 10: Aruchal Pradesh launched the Clean Pare River Campaign on Friday, an initiative to clean all the major and minor rivers under the mami Gange Project, which is the integrated conservation mission of the Centre.
The programme was launched at Leporiang under Sagalee of Papum Pare district by BJP State unit President Tapir Gao flanked by mami Gange Project tiol convenor Arvind Menon, a press release stated. "The launch location in the district has been chosen due to its proximity to the State capital and the initiative would embrace all the rivers of the State," Gao added.
Gao appealed to the people to conserve all sources of water, along with environment, for the survival of all. "We need to take a pledge to maintain cleanliness of our rivers and tributaries as we cannot survive without clean water," he said.
Menon said the Central Government aims to make the Ganga river and its major tributaries clean.
He advised the members of the cleanliness project to spend at least two hours daily to make the programme a success. Land Magement Minister bam Rebia, who was also present on the occasion, appealed to the Centre to provide green bonus to the State as it has been maintaining 82 per cent forest cover. Expressing concern over illegal hunting of wild animals and destruction of forest resources, Rebia directed the authorities concerned to take strict action against those indulging in such acts. He expressed fear that no birds would be seen in the future along the Itagar-Sagalee-Pakke Kessang-Bhalukpong tourist circuit - which has been declared a bird watching site - due to illegal hunting.
"There is an urgent need for conservation of water resources in the catchment areas and development of tourist circuits in the State," said Water Resources Minister Kamlung Mossang.