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AAPSU flays Centre's river apathy

Dhemaji: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union on Wednesday flayed the Centre's "callous attitude" towards abnormal changes in the Siang waters.

AAPSU president Hawa Bagang told The Telegraph that the recent statement by Union minister of state for water resources, Arjun Ram Meghwal, that the Siang's water had turned black and muddy because of a recent earthquake in Tibet, reflected the Centre's callous attitude whenever China was involved in an issue. "It has been a week since Siang's water turned turbid but neither the Centre nor the state has taken any step so far to allay the fears of people residing in Siang Valley," he said.

The State Water Quality Testing Laboratory at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday said Siang water was now unfit for human consumption. Its turbidity NTU is 482 (permissible range is 0-5 NTU) and iron content is 1.65 PPM (permissible range 0.1 to 2 PPM).

Deputy commissioner Tamiyo Tatak said the report had been forwarded to the government.

AAPSU general secretary Tobom Dai said the Siang was not only the biggest river in the state but the epicentre of the Adi civilization. "We treat the river as our mother. The unnatural change in the river has endangered aquatic life and will affect the flora and fauna along its course," he added. The AAPSU urged the Centre to take immediate measures so that people may know the exact cause of the unnatural development.

Congress MP from Arunachal East, Ninong Ering, had first drawn Prime Minister Narendra Modi's attention to the matter.

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