SHILLONG, Oct 29: The proposal by the Meghalaya State River Rejuvenation Committee for cleaning up the Wahumkhran and the Wah Umshyrpi has been approved by the Central Pollution Control Board. With this the State can seek a waiver of a fine of Rs 1 crore imposed on it earlier by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for non compliance with one of its orders.
The chairperson of the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB), CP Marak, who is also the Principle Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) revealed this at a function on plastic waste management here on Monday.
Marak said with this approval from the CPCB, the MSPCB can seek waiver of the fine of Rs. 1 crore imposed on the State earlier by the NGT for failing to comply with its orders to set up action plans to clean up rivers and solid waste management.
Marak said the action plan to clean up these two major rivers draining Shillong city and its outskirts has assigned roles and responsibilities to every official functionary whether they are government, traditional institution or non-governmental organisations. “No one can do the cleaning up of these rivers alone, every person has to do their part,” he said.
He also said plans for rejuvenation of 5 other rivers of the State are on the anvil.