Shillong: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has discontinued the scheme to clean Wah Umkhrah, the House was informed during the Winter session of the Council on Wednesday.
Informing the House, Executive Member (EM) in the KHADC Ricky Shullai also informed that the service of the eight casual employees engaged for cleaning up the Wah Umkhrah River has been discontinued.
Answering to a query by James Ban Basaiawmoit, Shullai informed that the project to clean up Wah Umkhrah was a ‘one time financial assistance’ given to the KHADC. He, however said that the Executive Committee of the KHADC is trying to find out ways to continue cleaning the Wah Umkhrah.
The EM, however, said that he cannot give any assurance in the House since this will entirely depend on the availability of funds and financial assistance.
Shullai also appealed to the citizens of the city to maintain civic sense by ensuring that no waste is dumped in the Wah Umkhrah even as he pointed out that the “Clean Ganga Mission” of the Central Government did not materialize and the Ganga river remained polluted.
It may be mentioned that the KHADC in 2013 had earmarked Rs 50 lakh from the Thirteenth Finance Commission towards the “Clean Wah Umkhrah Mission”.
Under the scheme waste traps were constructed along the course of the river right from Umkaliar. Labourers were hired who were responsible for cleaning the garbage collected in the waste traps.
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