Arunachal: Villagers initiate flood control measures in Pasighat

Gaon Burahs of Sigar and Raling village, said that, the need of the hour is to protect the villages and its agricultural land from cascading Siang river.


Pasighat

The villagers of Sigar and Raling villages started their flood control measures under the initiative of Siang Ecosystem Environment Protection and Nurture Group (SEEANG) at vital locations of the villages from where Siang river turns toward left bank side and causes massive destruction in the downstream villages like Borguli, New Borguli, Seram, Kongkul, Namsing, Gadum and Mer under Mebo Sub-Division of East Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh.

Speaking about their flood control works, the Gaon Burahs of Sigar and Raling village, said that, the need of the hour is to protect the villages and its agricultural land from cascading Siang river as monsoon rain has started hitting the rise of Siang river which would again cause large damages of agricultural land and also erodes away the villages.

The GBs are also aware that, government funding may take more time, so flood control works of bund being built by using boulders/stones on voluntary level as preventive and precautionary effort to tackle the soil erosion.

Stressing on the importance of conducting such a voluntary flood control before the release of Government assured funding, SEEANG President, Yemling Tayeng and Secretary General, Group Captain retired (IAF), Mohonto Panging said that, efforts are being made as people’s movement to raise flood protection against Siang river is gaining momentum and helping are coming in from all NGOs, individuals etc.

The duo opine hope that, by the release of Rs. 35 crore as assured by Chief Minister, Pema Khandu for flood control works, the major points from where major portion of water in Siang river flows toward left bank side will be able to divert the current in the middle ridges.

The flood control works will last for around 10 more days where Motum village, another village will start constructing another bund in a major location, said SEEANG Secretary General, Mohonto Panging. The men force working is supported by many groups and individuals who are funding lunch and other basic items as a token of help.

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