Silchar: Rural people are habituated to live in pollution free and eco friendly environment. But, the ever growing population in the urban and semi urban areas often poses a threat to their peaceful life, far from the madding crowd. The people of Dilkhoosh and Pabda GPs in the Lakhipur sub division who live around the lush green tea belts and forested areas are now worried at the information that the Lakhipur municipal board plans to dump all the wastes and garbage somewhere in their area. In a petition submitted to the Binnakandie ZPC which governs their GPs, residents voicing their concern at the reported move of the civic body have called for action to preempt it and save their hygiene and health.
The villagers have pointed out that being agriculturists and daily wage earners, any attempt to pollute or contaminate their areas can tell heavily on their very means of livelihood and sustenance. Moreover, the natural water resources in the form of ponds and small lake are the intake points for PHE to draw water, purify them and distribute it as safe potable water for the villagers. If the civic body does not change its stand, the water sources too will get polluted and become hazardous for them to drink as it will lead to the spread of contagious diseases.
The agricultural land and its cultivation will get badly affected and on the production of rice, green vegetables and other local fruits will have adverse impact. Besides the threat to their pollution free living, the movement of young and old through the area will also be affected due to the abominable smell emanating from the garbage. Most important, their representation also speaks of yet another dark side of the garbage turning into the breeding ground of various kinds of germs and bacteria. Still alarming the continuous dumping of garbage will kill the greenery around and make the life and living of the people under two GPs hellish.
Once the village fields are used as the storage of wastes and rubbish of Lakhipur town and its suburbs, its area will continue to expand and grow. A day will come when the once open and clean rural area has become a replica of healthy living. They have cited the instance of Meherpur dumping ground of Silchar town where the garbage collected from all the 28 wards is deposited. Today, it has become like a heaps of mountain and a source of nuisance to the people living under Meherpur GP. Not far from is Cachar Cancer Hospital, a degree college and a temple. Silchar Municipal Board is under pressure to close the garbage ground and find out another site. People of the two GPs quite justifiably have pleaded with the ZPC to prevail over Lakhipur civic body to drop its plan to dump garbage in their areas.
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