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Thu, 20 Sep 2018

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Adi Baane Kebang Inspects Flood Affected Villages, Alleged China of Causing the Destruction

Adi Baane Kebang Inspects Flood Affected Villages, Alleged China of Causing the Destruction
September 16
21:12 2018

- Maksam Tayeng

Adi Baane Kebang (The Apex & Appellate Body of the Adis) led by its Secretary General, Bodong Yirang accompanied by Secretary (HQ), Tabung Ering, Jt. Secretary, Todol Pertin and ABK East Siang Unit President and General Secretary, Okom Yosung and Tajing Taki with others visited the flood hit villages under Mebo Sub-Division, Pasighat in East Siang District, Arunachal on Sunday.

The team inspected the villages like Sigar, Raling, Borguli, Namsing etc and also interacted with the villagers led by the Gaon Buras. The team ABK while inspecting the river bank where the crash programme being carried out by the villagers of Borguli with a traditional and local means of diverting the river current to minimize the massive erosion, appreciated the collective effort of the villagers and advised them to stay more united in fighting or tackling with the natural disaster. While at Seram village also ABK appreciated the effort of Seram villagers for carrying out crash programme of social service to divert the river current. While at Namsing village, several hectares of land including agricultural fields were eroded away and team ABK showed sympathy with the villagers and assured to pursue the matter of taming of Siang river with state and central government.

Later while summing up the day long tour of the affected villages, ABK Secretary General, Bodong Yirang told the media that, the Siang river has caused massive destruction of the Adi villages of lower Mebo and some of villages are being forced to shift their village. He alleged China of using Siang River (Tsangpo in Tibet) to devastate this part of India which is a serious concern that New Delhi need to deal with firmly and cautiously. “This is now an international issue, China is using Siang River as weapon to destroy and devastate these regions of Siang and Brahmaputra basin of both Arunachal and Assam where lakhs and millions of people are settled. Last year Siang river turned muddy and turbid which is said to have led to reduction depth of the river bed due to excessive siltation. The depth of the river which once happened to be of 15-17 Mtr is now rose below 10 Mtr etc due to which unusual high tides and waves are taking place thereby leading to spreading of Siang river all around causing large scale soil erosion”, said Yirang.

Therefore, the ABK has appealed the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi led Central Government to sanction a huge flood control project in the region under the initiative of Look East Policy. ABK has also endorsed the Rs. 1000 crores proposal of Lok Sabha MP, Ninong Ering to drench out the siltation in the main course of the Siang river etc. ABK has also appealed the central government to send an expert committee to inspect the region immediately to tackle the flood caused by China for releasing excessive water or silt in Siang river from around a month now when there was no rain in the state.

The Government of India need to come up with a mega project or policy to tackle such situation in near future as China can use the Siang river dams built at their side as weapons.

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