No rain, yet the water of Siang river turned muddy
Tai Tanggu, deputy commissioner of East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh has said that the Siang river is called Yarlung Tsangpo in China. It may be that there is some sort of earth-cutting work going on, due to which mud is coming along with the water of the river. But, due to this there is a stir in the border areas of India. According to administrative officials present at Pasighat, the headquarters of East Siang district, this river is the main waterway of Arunachal, but three days ago its color suddenly changed and it became muddy. According to Taggu, ‘Mud is coming in the water, it is very unusual as there has been no rain in the area for the last few days. We are monitoring the situation with the help of water resources department officials.
People’s livelihood tension
The deputy commissioner says, “It seems that some kind of construction work is going on in the higher reaches of the river, which originates from China. Landslides in high altitude areas can also be the reason for this. But, till the reason is not clear, local people, especially fishermen and farmers, have become concerned about the changing color of the Siang river water. Migom Pertin, a local resident in Pasighat, said, “The heavy slag in the water can kill aquatic creatures. Farmers also take water from the river. Our cattle also drink the water of the river. We are concerned that the livelihood of the people may not be affected due to this. ,
Due to China, the color of river water changes frequently
Such situations have arisen in the past along the Sian River because of China. In December 2017, the water of this river suddenly turned black, causing a sensation across the state. At that time Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu had said that he was personally monitoring the situation and requested the Center to look into it. After which the then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on behalf of India raised the matter with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. In 2020 as well, like now, the water of this river had become unusually dirty.
We don’t know, but now we are concerned – local
Nathan Dole, a local villager, said on the turbidity of the water in the river, ‘We don’t know what caused this unusual change, but now we are concerned. Our cattle drink its water and some villagers even use Siang water for drinking. He has said, ‘We do not know that anything above has happened. There has been no rain for the last few days and there has not been much change in the water level, but the color of the water suddenly changed.'(All files except first two pictures)
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Is China playing any game with Siang?
The Siang River is a tributary of the Brahmaputra River, which is 1,600 km long and is called the Yarlung Tsangpo in China. It originates from southern Tibet and enters India, after which it is called Siang and the district of Arunachal Pradesh is also named after it. Some media reports have feared that China is involved in some dam construction work, due to which the Siang river is getting polluted in this way. (Input-PTI and ANI)