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One cannot clean up Nambul river from Thong Nambonbi bridge: RK. Nimai

 Source: Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | Mar 14

 “The efforts undertaken by the state government to clean up Nambul River are a welcome move but it would be futile to think the river can be cleaned standing on Thong Nambonbi Bridge. It requires a holistic approach.”

This was stated by retired commissioner, RK Nimai during observation of International Day of Action for Rivers in a programme held under the theme “Climate Change and Riverine Eco-system in Manipur.”   

He further said cleaning up of rivers will be futile as long a Loktak Lake remains polluted. While informing that Nambul River was once named Yangoi Turel he said the attempts to clean the river was made before but it was not successful.

On the other hand, climate change should not be studied by observing only one aspect of it. It would require an overall study of the subject, he said.  Mankind has very little knowledge of nature.  So, one should not consider himself as an expert, she said. The present generation considers Jhum cultivation as harmful and unwanted but 40 years ago it was quite beneficial, he added.

Due to increase in population and due to changes in fertility of the soil, Jhum cultivation became harmful to the environment, he said. Construction works in the name of development has in turn, affected the climate more, he further said adding it would be wrong to consider that erecting of brick walls at the river banks is development.  It would also be wrong to blame the government as well, he stated adding the people need to change their outlooks before bringing development.

Principal scientist, CSIR, NEIST Imphal, Huidrom Birkumar said that Manipur as a biodiversity hotspot but the biodiversity may change in the future. The state is called biodiversity as it has richness of species diversity, number of endemic species, anthropogenic pressure exist exerted on that system. One should not celebrate because the region is called a biodiversity hotspot as due to anthropogenic pressure the State may lose its biodiversity without taking timely measures.

“Human being is factor of resource degradation therefore, if we cannot protect our own diversity then one day it will be lost,” he said. It can be said ignoring biodiversity is ignoring oneself, he added

The occasion was attended by former registrar, Manipur University; RK Ranjan; dean, MU School of mathematical and physical science, professor, N. Rajmuhon; CEO, Kwakeithel and Khonggunmelei Orchid pvt. Ltd., Dr. RK Kishor. The observation was jointly organised by Directorate of environment govt. of Manipur, Classic group of hotel, South East Asia Centre for Africultural Science and Humanities under the supervision of Marjing Industries private limited.