IFCD accused of posing threat to Lamphel water body

IMPHAL, 21st MARCH: Irresponsible conduct of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) in allowing Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) to dump garbage has posed a serious threat to the ‘Lamphel Water Body’, which is being taken up with the objective to conserve the erstwhile Lamphelpat as well as develop a natural eco-system in the area. A land area of 120 acres of the water body was reserved with ef-forts from ex-MP late N Tombi in 1960.

          Unfortunately area of the water body has been decreasing every year due to constructions of institutes and projects. There are several 4 feet deep ponds in the remaining areas. Since January this year, IFCD took up the project and began earth levelling for the approach roads. However, instead of using mud, the department is using waste products from IMC for the approach roads without thinking about the health hazards that waste products pose to the water body. With several non-biodegradable waste mate-rials, the waste products would not only create soil pollution but also water pollution resulting in unusable water.

          Taking serious note of the matter, Laishramcha Minabanta, secretary of People’s Awareness for National Advancement (PANA), an organi-sation which is actively involved in developing of the water body, said that a meeting was held on January 7, 2010 at PANA office to discuss construction of several institutes and projects in areas of the water body. Representatives of clubs and Meira Paibi organisations of Uripok, Thangmeiband and Langol attended the meeting.

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