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West Garo Hills DC demands action after environment committee inspection

Shillong, Sep 14: West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh has instructed that action be taken to correct several failings noted by the Legislative Assembly’s environment committee, which inspected the Garo Hills region last week.
Singh convened a meeting to discuss the encroachment of streams in and around Tura, waterway pollution and other issues, a press release said today.
Despite conducting awareness programmes on the need to segregate waste, there have been many violators who dispose of solid and liquid waste directly into streams, in contravention of National Green Tribunal rules, and Singh has directed that violators be punished in future. He also directed the Tura Municipal Board to ensure that there is door-to-door garbage collection in all localities, periodic cleaning of these streams by the locality development committee members and dustbins in market areas of the town, as suggested by the environment committee.
Singh also inquired into the implementation of building bye-laws by the District Urban Planner after the environment committee noted illegal construction of homes and commercial establishments along streams in the town. However, the DC was informed that many of the encroachers have acquired documents for the encroached land from the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) and, therefore, action against the encroachers cannot be taken. Singh urged the District Urban Planner to discuss matters relating to this with the GHADC Secretary.
“In future encroachment of streams will not be tolerated and structures put up in the streams and roadside drains will be demolished soon,” the press release said.
Those who have encroached on streams or government land may also be denied financial assistance in the event of natural calamities. Singh instructed the District Disaster Management Officer to verify those who apply for financial relief after natural calamities.
Additionally, the DC said that slaughtering of animals on the roadside needs to be banned as an unhygienic practice.