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Siang River Turns Black With Slag, Authorities Blame China

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    Itanagar, Nov 29: The water of the Siang river, which is considered to be the lifeline for many in Arunachal Pradesh, has turned black with slag and the authorities have pointed at Chinese activities in Tibet. Alarming the residents of the area, the officials on Monday declared the waters unfit for consumption.

    “The water can’t be used for any purpose because it contains a cement-like thick material. A lot of fish died one-and-half months ago,” East Siang district deputy commissioner Tamyo Tatak was quoted as saying by Times of India.

    He also added that the river had turned dark in the last monsoon season, “and we thought that it was because of mud being carried by the river. The rainy season is long over but the river water is still black. From November to February, the water is crystal clear and pure. Even my grandfather has never seen or heard of such a thing happening to the waters of the Siang.”

    While China remains the prime suspect in polluting the water, the central water commission has collected the samples and are examining it.

    “It seems that some major cement work is on in the upper reaches of the river in China…may be China is carrying out some deep water boring work. What else could be the reason for such a big river, which becomes the Brahmaputra, remaining black in colour for nearly two months,” Tatak said

    The All Bogong Students’ Union (E) on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his immediate intervention in water pollution in Arunachal Pradesh. The students of the local body students’ union also staged a protest against the likely diversion of Siang River to other parts of China by the Chinese government. Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal and former Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering also wrote to the PM seeking his intervention and assistance.

    http://www.india.com/news/india/aru...ck-with-slag-authorities-blame-china-2691260/
     
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