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Anti-pollution drive launched

 Source: The Sangai Express / DIPR

Imphal, February 25 2018: Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today launched a campaign against pollution under the theme "save the future, pollution is controllable" at Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB) office, Imphal West DC office complex, Lamphelpat.

MPCB is organising the campaign in association with the upcoming Tanglei Festival to be held from March 2 to 5 at Tangleibung ground, Oinam.

Speaking as the chief guest of the inaugural function, Th Shyamkumar hoped that the campaign will be able to create mass awareness regarding ways and means to control the deteriorating natural environment of the State.

He said the campaign is organised with an to ensure a pollution free environment.

He said MPCB is working with an objective to control pollution and the protection of the environment with sustainable development.

He wished the MPCB success in its endeavour and sought public support.

L Radhakishore Singh, Chairman, MPCB said the board in an inquiry report found that pollution is caused mainly by the solid waste along with the smoke and noise from the over polluted vehicles plying in Imphal area, mainly diesel autos in Khwairamband Keithel.

Stating that around 2,000 autos are plying everyday in Imphal city, he said the State Government has stopped issuing permit till 31 st March, 2018 as a part to solve the issue apart from continuous consultation with the experts.

In the next stage, MPCB Will take up necessary steps to solve the pollution of Nambul River and Loktak Lake, he added.

As part of the function, Th Shyamkumar flagged off two rallies from the MPCB office today.

A campaign rally comprising four cyclists will tour Imphal, Jiribam and Hailakandi (Assam) and return on the same route on March 1.The second rally comprising bikers and cyclists will cover the routes -Lamphelpat, Moirang, Kakching, Thoubal and Oinam, carrying posters with different slogans.

Oinam Sports Association is organising Tanglei Festival (2nd-5th March) in collaboration with MPCB at Tangleibung ground, Oinam.

National and international experts will attend various programmes focusing on Education, Sports, Culture and Entrepreneurship.

Some of the highlights of the events include quiz competition, debate, painting, open debate, rock concert - a band from Bangkok, Thailand will perform, overboard competition (skateboarding) - which will be the first ever longboarding competition in India and Mountain Biking (cycling) among others.