Water in Brahmaputra turning black up to lower Assam
By Bhupen GoswamiGUWAHATI :Abnormal deviations have been noticed in the colour and quality of the ...
By Bhupen Goswami
GUWAHATI :Abnormal deviations have been noticed in the colour and quality of the water of Assam's lifeline, the Brahmaputra for the past couple of days up to lower Assam. The development has come following reports of the Siang water turning muddy in Arunachal Pradesh for over a week now. Apart from turbidity, the water level in the Siang was also said to be receding continuously. Confirming the development, member-secretary of Assam Pollution Control Board, B K Barua said that the water of the Brahmaputra was found to be "abnormally turbid". "We have collected sample water from the Brahmaputra in Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Guwahati and will examine for any turbidity," said the member-secretary. "We will be able to draw a definite conclusion only after scientific tests," he said, when asked about the reason behind this. According to the members of a NGO, they have noticed concrete-like pieces in the middle of the River Siang at Jonai. The water level in the Siang was also receding continuously, said the members of the NGO, 'Save Poba Rain Forest'. Meanwhile, a fisherman in Guwahati said, "This is quite unusual at this time of the year and I have not seen water of the mighty Brahmaputra turning into this colour." On the other hand, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed concern over the high content of Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) in Siang River in the State and said his government was in touch with Centre so that New Delhi could take up the issue with China. Siang River, which flows as Yarlung Tsangpo from southern Tibet, becomes Brahmaputra River in Assam. Khandu is also likely to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the issue. There have been media reports about China constructing a tunnel of 1,000 KM to divert the Siang water through the Xinjiang province to Taklamakan desert. China, however, had denied the allegation.
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