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Panel mooted to clean plastic from Umiam Lake
Staff Correspondent

 SHILLONG, July 11 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today suggested formation of a committee to clean the plastic from Umiam Lake, after pictures circulated on the social media showed the lake choking with plastic waste.

Chairing a meeting here with officials from various government departments, Sangma expressed concern over the condition of the lake. In the picture the lake is referred as ‘Plastic Umiam Lake’ and shows the lake choked with plastic waste.

“The picture of Umiam Lake doing the rounds on the social media is a matter of grave environmental concern and an eye sore,” Sangma told the officials.

He suggested a committee be formed comprising of members from Forest dept, District Administration, MeECL, Shillong Municipal Board, District Council and Water Resources dept to work out the mechanisms to clean the Lake.

The officials, however, claimed that it was an old picture being circulated on the social media. The CM said irrespective of the date of the picture long and short term measures have to be taken to bring the lake to its pristine form. He said the government will definitely look into long term measures to clean Umiam Lake, but what is required now is to stop further waste being dumped into the lake, he added.

The CM further discussed ways to find ways to ensure cleanliness in the State Capital. He sought ideas from the officials how to go forward to achieve the objective.

“There is definitely a need for behavioural change from the general public. The local bodies and institutions, meanwhile, can play a major role in the enforcement of laws, monitoring and spreading the message of cleanliness and waste management,” he said. Sangma informed that the aim of having a clean Shillong would be met more aggressively after the approval of the Action Plan by the Central Pollution Board.

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