Residents participate in cleanliness drive

AALO, Jan 5: Residents of Puak Gamin colony along with members of the Galo Ane participated in a cleanliness drive on the bank of the Yomgo river here on Friday.
The drive, which was organised in collaboration with the Urban Development & Housing (UD&H) department, also saw the participation of West Siang DC Swetika Sachan, who stressed on keeping the river clean, describing it as “the lifeline for the people dwelling on its bank since time immemorial.”
“Many things can be done on a self-help basis without depending solely on the government, as the dependence syndrome hinders with community participation in important issues that we can handle through collective approach,” she said.
Emphasizing the need to dispose of waste, she said “many of the issues (of cleanliness) are also caused by unplanned growth of the town.”
UD&H Deputy Director Hally Welly informed that problems of drainage, sewage disposal, and community and individual toilets are mushrooming in the town.
“The department, with the help of the Galo Ane, is making its best efforts to sort out the problems here and there,” he said.
GASA President Jumken Doji Ete spoke on the role of the town’s womenfolk for the last one year in mobilizing cleanliness drives in sectors, and at government establishments and markets.
Market committee President Duki Ete said the committee has adopted regulatory measures like installation of CCTV cameras, traffic regulation, drainage system, community toilets, etc, with fund gathered through donations received from the market community.
He appealed to the administration to “look into the additional burden of donation drives carried out by various organizations in the markets.”
Anchal Samiti Chairperson Karsen Lollen also spoke. (DIPRO)