Dumping of soil poses threat to villagers, concerns RBYF

       Construction of the four lane Jorabat-Umiam road

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Dumping of soil blocks free flow of water turning the flowing drain into a stagnant pond. (ST)

NONGPOH: The ongoing construction of the four lane Jorabat-Umiam road in Ri-Bhoi district undertaken by the Ramky Infrastructure Pvt Ltd is posing a serious threat to the local residents of 20 Mile. The company is dumping waste soil in public areas as a result of which a small drain has turned to a dirty pond.

It may be mentioned that earlier in the year, due to the negligence of the Company a boy named Johnson Wahlang hailing from Pahamrioh village had died by drowning in a stagnant pond because of the dumping of soil .The Ri-Bhoi Youth Federation (RBYF), 20 Mile Circle has expressed concern over the carelessness of the company in this regard.

Speaking to media, president RBYF, 20 Mile Circle Liandar Nongshli, informed that, the Federation is receiving many complaints from the local residents of 20 Mile on the unfair dumping of unwanted soil by the Ramky Infrastructure company into one small drain which is used as drainage system by the villagers .

The unfair dumping of soil has blocked the free flow of water turning the flowing drain into a dirty pond posing threat to the villagers.‘‘The dirty pond is now producing foul smell which can badly affect the health of the villagers and since the pond is located nearby a playground it also poses threat to the lives of small children,’’ said Nongshli. The Federation has demanded Ramky Infrastructure Pvt Ltd to take initiative to clean up the drain so that the water can flow freely and also demanded the Deputy Commissioner, Ri-Bhoi district to look into the matter to prevent any untoward incident to take place in this area.

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