West Jaiñtia Hills district officials, Jowai Municipal Board along with organisations rooting for clean rivers conducted an inspection along the banks of the Myntdu yesterday.
The inspection was conducted to check illegal activities, such as sand mining and stone quarries along the river bed, washing of clothes and vehicles, dumping of spoils and waste materials, both solid and liquid, leading to the contamination of the river and obstruction of its smooth flow.
The Myntdu is long considered the guardian force of Jowai and its surrounding areas. The river, which flows into Bangladesh, is under severe danger of being buried by mountains of mud and stones.
Organisations such as the Synjuk Ki Waheh Chnong, Jowai, Jaiñtia Fishing and Environment Protection Association (JFEPA), Ka Khooid Ïaka Wah Myntdu have on numerous occasions raised concerns on the quality of water in the Myntdu River.
While the district administration had imposed section 144 CrPC to ban further pollution of the river.
The inspection visited the under-construction in-situ drain to control the direct discharge of wastes into the river from various localities within Jowai town and its surrounding regions.
The inspection team included ADC MA Challam, Jaiñtia Fishing Association president DH Pde, Khooi Ïaka Wah Myntdu chairman KL Pariat, president and secretary of Synjuk Ki Waheh Chnong (Jowai) Allan Niangti and Riquoma Laloo, JMB officer Hunbait Passage and secretary of Synjuk ki Waheh Chnong (Jaiñtia) Bishar Shylla.
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