As part of the "Clean Imphal River Campaign" the Forest Department of Kangpokpi, civil society organisations of Kangpokpi, and the district police jointly embarked on cleaning the Imphal River, locally known as Gundung on Monday.
The joint participants from the forest department, CSOs Kangpokpi, and the District police cleaned up the litter along the Koubru Laikha (Phoibi) stretch of Gundung as the spot was a popular picnic spot and there is a lot of littering around the area.
The litter along the river and the picnic spot were collected, heaped, and properly disposed off.
Earlier, before the joint initiative of cleaning the Gundung, the CSOs of Kangpokpi and the Forest Department had a friendly football match at dreamland turf at Champhai in connection with the celebration of 67th Wildlife Week, 2022 celebration while also organizing an awareness seminar on the protection and conservation of the wildlife of the State at T Waichong on October 7 as part of the wildlife week celebration.
Divisional Forest Officer, Kangpokpi Forest Department, N. Ganesh while highlighting the importance played by rivers in the state said that Imphal valley is entirely dependent on rivers flowing from the hills and it has become very important that these rivers be given proper attention to prevent future water scarcity.
The DFO appealed to the public not to throw garbage or litter river banks and to be responsible picnic goers while adding that it is the duty of everyone to look after the earth's resources.
Meanwhile, the Thadou Inpi also steered up the Clean Imphal River Campaign from Kalapahar to Koubru Laikha and successfully piloted the Campaign under the state Government's River Rejuvenation Programme.
The Thadou Inpi's initiative was endorsed and supported by the Thadou Women Association General Headquarters, Kalapahar Gorkha Youth Association, Keithelmanbi Village Authority, Keithelmanbi Youth Association, S. Molnom Village Authority, S. Molnom Youth Club and the Kuki Football Academy.
The Thadou Inpi General Headquarters organized the cleanliness drive along the Imphal River from Kalapahar to Koubru Laikha stretch in collaboration with the Directorate of Environment and Climate Change and Water Resource Department, Government of Manipur.
Altogether, more than 300 volunteers including 120 volunteers from Kalapahar, 62 volunteers from S. Molnom village, 48 volunteers from Keithelmanbi, and 70 volunteers from Kuki Football Academy took part in cleaning litter, plastic bottles, and other debris from Kalapahar to Koubru Laikha stretch of Imphal River with the help of machineries such as three JCB, one DI and three tippers.