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Siang water unusually muddy: Arunachal MP writes to PM

 ITANAGAR, Nov 28 - A Lok Sabha Member from Arunachal has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to take up with the Chinese Government the unusual receding of Siang river at Pasighat and a sudden change in its water quality.

 Ninong Ering, Congress MP from the East Constituency, apprehended that the change in water quality, which is unusual during the winter season, could be due to a possible diversion of the river in Tibet. While visiting the Siang River at Pasighat in East Siang district on Saturday, Ering said that the recent report of China constructing a tunnel of 1,000 km to divert the Siang (Brahmaputra) water to the Xinjiang province to the Taklamakan desert is likely to be true although China had denied it.

He mentioned in the letter sent on Saturday, the report of Tsangpo (Siang/Brahmaputra) being diverted had appeared a few months back.

Althogh China denied it, the matter remains an area of concern with the river suddenly undergoing a change in its appearance and character.

“After the report appeared, the river Siang has become muddy and slushy. It is already two months that the Siang has turned black and contaminated. It is an unusual phenomenon.

“The reason for the river getting dirty is unknown. I have already put question for discussions in the Parliament under rule 377. But since it is not in session, I am requesting you to use your good office to seek the reason of the river being muddy in this season when the water is crystal clear. Construction of a 600-km long tunnel has already started in the Yunnan province as a rehearsal,” Ering said in his letter.

The Congress MP further said there is no other reason for the mighty Siang getting dirty in the month of November other than a heavy land excavation in the Chinese side and that has to be verified by an international team. – PTI

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