Dimapur, February 24: Naga Tribal Union Chumoukedima town (NTUCT) has demanded implementation of the ban on use of heavy machineries for extraction of resources in Dhansiri and Chathe rivers within Dimapur district as per the order issued by DC Dimapur on July 17, 2017 and subsequent restriction order issued by ADC Medziphema on February 28,2019.
The NTUCT said due to constant river-bed mining by using heavy machinery, continuous flow of stone boulders laded trucks and tipper trucks along the Chathe river and its upstream tributaries makes the water muddy and contaminated throughout the year, making it unfit and harmful for both men and animals.
The situation is getting more and more aggravated during the current lean period where both humans and animals are all depending on this river, a press release issued by NUTCT vice president, Akum Imchen and joint secretary, Akato Sema stated.
With a view to ensure clean water and also to prevent any outbreak of epidemic, the leaders of NTUCT seriously deliberated over the matter and urged DC Dimapur and ADC Medziphema to strictly enforce its standing order within 7 days with effect from February 24, “failing which the people of Chiimoukedima will not allow any stone boulder laden Trucks to cross the police check gate be it from the Chathe river or not.” It said the concerned authority would be held entirely responsible for any law and order situation. (Page News Service)