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Meghalaya: Villagers protest new landfill site in Nonghali

09:28 AM Jul 08, 2024 IST | NE NOW NEWS
UpdateAt: 09:29 AM Jul 08, 2024 IST
meghalaya  villagers protest new landfill site in nonghali
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Shillong: At least 15 villages near the Umkhen River in Meghalaya are opposing the state government's plan to set up a new landfill site at Lumsohlait in Nonghali, East Khasi Hills district.

They fear the landfill will pollute the river, which is a vital source of water for the communities.

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A public meeting organized by the Synjuk Nongsynshar Shnong Par Umkhen (SNSPU) on Saturday saw residents from all three affected districts - East Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi, and West Jaintia Hills - come together.

The group plans to send petitions to the Deputy Chief Minister, who is also the Urban Affairs Minister, and the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council.

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They aimed to express their opposition to the project and request proper consultation before any decisions are made.

The villagers are prepared to take more drastic steps if the government pushes forward with the plan without addressing their concerns.

"We are here to lodge our protest against the government's intention to set up the landfill site. We are seeking the support of the people to oppose this proposal," said SNSPU chairman S Rangaid.

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The residents worry that the landfill will be similar to the existing one at Wahumkhrah, which has caused significant pollution. They are demanding the government consider alternative solutions.

Deputy Chief Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar had previously announced a public hearing for the project, contingent upon the Forest Department's assessment of the land's suitability. He assured that the project would only proceed with the community's consent.

With the lifespan of the current landfill at Marten nearing its end, the government is searching for a new location.