- The MEA raises concern over the contamination of Siang river
- The Ministry coordinating with the water resources ministry on the matter
- Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu had expressed concern over it, last week
The matter of contamination in the water of Siang river has now reached to the MEA’s door as the ministry has raised its concern over the matter recently. The ministry also said that they are coordinating with the water resource ministry to resolve the matter.
Pema Khandu brings the matter to light
The Siang River of Arunachal Pradesh that flows as the Yarlung Tsangpo from southern Tibet, becomes the Brahmaputra river in Assam. The people of Arunachal are depended on the water of this river, but this pure water seems unfit for consumption as it is now contaminated.
The matter was raised by the locals that was lifted up by the Chief Minister Pema Khandu and he approached the Central Government to resolve the matter as the water of the river is the lifeline of the state.
After this, the Ministry of External Affairs has raised its concern over the matter and trying to resolve the matter.
For this, the ministry is coordinating with the water resources ministry while referring to existing mechanisms between India and China to deal with issues pertaining to waters, the External Affairs Minister Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
“Naturally, it is a matter of concern to us. We are coordinating with water resources ministry. We have ascertained certain facts,” Kumar said.
He was asked about the Siang river water “unfit” for human consumption, amid speculation is China is involved in making the water unfit for consumption for the people of Arunachal.
Last week, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu had expressed concern over the high content of Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) in the Siang in the state.
Khandu in a statement said, his government was in constant touch with the Centre so that New Delhi could take up the issue with China.
He also said the issue had come up during the meeting between Swaraj and Wang. However, he did not elaborate.