IMPHAL, March 9 - Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh�s ambitious project to prevent pollution in the Nambul river was launched at a function held at the Chief Minister�s Secretariat here today.
The project called �Rejuvenation and Conservation of Nambul River� aims at controlling pollution of the Nambul river by intercepting and treating urban waste originating in the stretch between Iroisemba and Heirangoithong through use of the water treatment plant, MBBR (Moving Bed Bio Reactor), at Mongsangei and Samushang.
The Central Pollution Control Board has identified Nambul, which originates from the Kangchup Hills, as one of the most dirty rivers and a major pollutant of the Loktak Lake, the only largest freshwater lake in the North East.
The Directorate of Environment will implement the Rs 97.72-crore project under the National River Conservation Plan of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, along with four other departments concerned, within three years, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Environment Dr T Brajakumar said. Fifty-six eco-friendly crematoria and 20 toilets will be constructed across 14 municipal wards along the Nambul river.
Stating that the State has also submitted the projects for eight rivers at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore, Chief Minister Biren Singh called for a halt to the littering of the river banks at the launching of the project on Saturday.
Ministers Karam Shyam and Th Shyamkumar, and other MLAs attended the function.
Encouraging the local clubs and organisations to construct concrete garbage bins in their localities, the Chief Minister said such an initiative would save the Loktak Lake, the pride of the State.
Seeking public support in conserving forests, he also made an appeal to stop further deforestation in the State.