Plea against dumping garbage at Lamphel Pat

Lamphel Pat

Pothashang News Service

Imphal, November 9, 2017: Residents around Lamphel and people who take up farming here appeal the authority not to continue dumping at Lamphel where the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association is establishing a home for pony.

Imphal Municipal Council, IMC has again started dumping garbage at the site stressing from near Ayush Hospital towards the road leading to Shija Hospital and Research Institute. Following chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh’s instruction dumping of garbage at the site had been stopped since May. However, dumping began again. Robin Shamurailakpam, a resident and social worker of Thangmeiband.

He said he approached the chief minister on May 15 people’s day to complain over the issue. The chief minister immediately instructed the then additional chief secretary, Suresh Babu to stop dumping garbage at the site. It was stopped after about a week and again started dumping the garbage in October.

People in and around Lamphel along with players of Imphal District Tennis Association and fish farmers intervened the dumping and stopped it for a while. But the IMC has again started dumping the garbage and it was also dumped today, said Robin Shamurailakpam, a resident and social worker of Thangmeiband.

Following repeated denial by the IMC to the instructions of the government not to dump garbage at the site Robin inquired about the dumping to the IMC authority. He was answered that the MHRPA had requested the council to dump garbage at the site for ground preparation of the Pony home.

Robin said people are not against the establishment of a pony home here but against the dumping of the garbage with plastic waste at Lamphel.

Lamphel Pat includes in wetland areas of Manipur. However with growing population people began to depend on the area for living. The dumping of garbage is hazardous to all, said Robin.

Biren Singh on June 20 vowed to protect agricultural land and wetland in order to ensure sustainable development for the people and also to maintain ecological at the one-day interaction programme of local and district level monitoring committees constituted under the Manipur State Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014.

Biren Singh directed the officials concerned to review the performance of local, district and state level committees, constituted under the Act and induct competent officials and social-minded locals into the committees.

He directed the Imphal West DC to take up immediate steps to curb onslaught on paddy land and wetland at Lamphelpat. The chief minister asked the DC to evict unauthorised structures and take immediate step to stop unnecessary acquisition and encroachment on agricultural land at Lamphelpat.

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