Siang River Again Turns Muddy in Arunachal

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Guwahati: The Siang River has once more turned muddy in Arunachal Pradesh.

The unexpected change in the colour of the water in this powerful river which is considered to be Arunachal Pradesh’s lifeline.

According to the locals, during the past two days the colour of  water has been abruptly changing.

The continuous flow of muddy content caused the colour of the Siang River’s water to change at least twice before in 2017 and 2020.

When former Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi met in 2017, India brought up the issue.

Meanwhile, Nathan Doley from the nearby village reported that many are now concerned as a result of the abrupt change in the river’s colour.

“We don’t know what is the actual reason of this unusual change, but we are now worried. Our domestic animals drink this water, and some villagers are also using the Siang river water for drinking”, the villager said.

“We don’t know if something happened upstream. There was no rain in the last few days and no change in water level but the water colour has suddenly changed,” he added.

The river had turned black in December of 2017 as well which caused concern in the state. The chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu had at the time personally checked on the state of the Siang River and asked the Centre to act quickly.

Speaking to the media at that time, Khandu had said “I have personally monitored the condition of Siang river. Yes, it is a matter of concern and the water is badly polluted. Water pollution has damaged marine life. I have also asked the Deputy Commissioners of the state to submit a report on it soon”

“I have also forwarded my petition to the government for immediate measures to be taken. From my side, I am taking keen note of this matter. After, Siang river gets polluted it will also affect Brahmaputra soon which is a matter of concern,” he said.

The East Siang district’s administration had claimed that the river’s water was judged unfit for ingestion because of the presence of heavy slag in it.

The Brahmaputra’s main river, Siang, originates from a 1,600-kilometer section in southern Tibet known as Yarlung Tsangpo or Yarlung Zangbo before flowing into Indian territory.

During the meeting between then-External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in 2017, India had brought up the subject.

At that time, media sources speculated that China’s dam-building efforts might be to blame for the river’s contamination.

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