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Cry to save dying stream

Shillong, June 11: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi broached the Save Ganga Movement in his campaign speeches, he was referring to a widespread Gandhian non-violent movement supported by saints and popular social activists across India support of a free Ganga.

A similar slogan echoed in the Meghalaya Assembly today when Opposition legislator Metbah Lyngdoh proposed to the government to put behind bars and impose fines on those discharging effluents into the Wahumkhrah stream in the city.

“There is a proposal on the need to adopt action plans as part of the ‘Save Ganga’ campaign. Those throwing garbage into this river would land up in jail for three days besides paying a fine,” Lyngdoh said, while participating in the budget discussion on the fourth day of the Assembly session here.

The Centre has proposed to make a law on sending the guilty to jail for at least three days and a fine up to Rs 10,000 against those who dump waste into the Ganga.

Lyngdoh told the House that waste and human excreta were discharged directly into Wahumkhrah, an important stream in the heart of the city which has become highly polluted.

The legislator felt that it is the need of the hour to adopt action plans — similar to “Save Ganga” slogan — by the state government so that the lost glory of Wahumkhrah stream (once fit for taking bath) could be restored in near future.

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