NAHARLAGUN, Feb 10: The Youth Mission for Clean River (YMCR) achieved a significant milestone on Saturday by successfully removing over 5000 kilograms of waste from the Barapani River here.
Teaming up with the Itanagar Municipal Corporation Ward No-14, Takar Colony Youth Association, and with the support of Itanagar Smart City Corporation Limited, the clean-up effort saw the participation of more than 60 dedicated volunteers.
Together, they diligently cleared plastic and household waste from the river, along with its surrounding drains and streams.
During the clean-up initiative, IMC mayor, Tamme Phassang underscored the critical importance of self-awareness and community cooperation among residents.
He highlighted that much of the garbage found in the Barapani River originates from individuals in the Naharlagun area, who thoughtlessly discard waste while crossing the bridge.
The mayor strongly condemned this behavior, urging everyone to take responsibility for their waste disposal practices and emphasizing the need to feel accountable for mindlessly dumping household waste into the river.
Additionally, Phassang called upon the home department and the Naharlagun superintendent of police to take swift action in removing unauthorized makeshift toilets constructed near the rivers, which directly discharge waste into the water.
He also shared insights into upcoming sewerage treatment plant projects aimed at enhancing the sanitation standards of the capital city.
Corporator Gyamar Tubin shed light on the challenge posed by IMC trucks, which face mechanical issues leading to visits to the colony every alternate day.
He appealed to residents not to dispose of garbage into drains and rivers when the trucks are unavailable.
Providing a detailed overview of the clean-up drive, YMCR organizing secretary Keyom Doni said that the event also focused on raising awareness about the significance of maintaining clean rivers and demonstrated methods of reusing items to benefit the environment.
“Recyclable waste was handed over to scrap dealers, legacy waste was disposed of at the Hollongi dumping ground, and biodegradable waste was appropriately placed in compost pits,” he said.