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Arunachal: Villagers Appeal to CM Pema Khandu to Hand Over Flood Relief Funds

Pasighat, September 21, 2019:

Villagers of Lower Mebo and Lower Dibang Valley have appealed to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu to hand over the already sanctioned relief funds.

The villagers of Anpum, Loklung villages under Lower Dibang Valley and Kongkul from Lower Mebo under Mebo Sub-Division have carried out a voluntary flood control drive at Seram village of Arunachal.

In order to save the Mebo Dhola Road, the only route connecting a number of villages, the locals have begun constructing a bamboo bridge.

Former Anchal Samity Member from Borguli village, Smti Bapiyang Tayeng appealed the CM to hand over the funds to the affected villagers’ committee to carry out maximum work out of minimum funds and restore uninterrupted life.

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She added, “If funds are handed over to any company from outside, they will not work sufficiently to cover the entire zone where flood control is required.”

Tayeng further said, “We have heard only 600 Mtrs to 1 KM stretches of area can be covered by the funds of Rs. 35 Crs, but if the same is handed over to our care, we will use the entire money in procuring materials and other basic needs by engaging manpower free of cost involving all the affected villages and also by requesting and hiring other Adi villages to help voluntarily. In that manner we will be able to construct more than 5-6 KMs of areas at Sigar, Borguli, Seram and Namsing side where vital points are observed and requires diversion of river current.”

Addl. Dy. Commissioner (retired) and SEEANG Committee Advisor, Ranpok Perme and Adi Baane Kebang East Siang Unit General Secretary, Talut Siram and President, Obing Yomso also rued the same and appealed for maximum works out of minimum funds.

The representatives opined that if the funds are channelized to be used by the affected villages and their committees, the affected people including will voluntarily come forward to work.

Meanwhile, it is said that, many more flood control works will be carried out soon in order to lessen the impact of erosion.

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