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India raises pollution issue with China


NEW DELHI, Dec 13 - India has raised the matter of contamination of Brahmaputra water with China, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told newsmen here today.

The Chief Minister said that the Centre has taken the matter seriously and last night�s meeting held at the Prime Minister�s residence was also joined by the Union Home Minister and the External Affairs Minister. The meeting discussed the contamination of Brahmaputra water, he said.

Sonowal added that the matter has already been raised by the External Affairs Ministry with China.

Today, the Chief Minister called on Water Resources and Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Later, he said that water samples collected from 15 locations have been sent for test to laboratories. After receipt of the reports from the laboratories, the State will decide on the next course of action.

About his meeting with Gadkari, the Chief Minister said they discussed the proposal for construction of a ring road around Guwahati and the capital territory region. He said the State government was willing to allocate land for construction of the ring road.

Replying to questions, the Chief Minister said according to the directions of the Supreme Court, the draft NRC will be published on December 31.

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