'It Is Everybody’s Responsibility To Protect Deepor Beel': Actor Jatin Bora

'It Is Everybody’s Responsibility To Protect Deepor Beel': Actor Jatin Bora

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Guwahati, June 9, 2019:

Noted Assamese actor Jatin Bora has regretted that Deepor Beel, the pride of Guwahati, has been polluted.

Endorsing the #LetsSaveDeeporBeel campaign initiated by Inside Northeast Jatin Bora said, “As an actor or as a citizen of Guwahati it is everybody’s responsibility to make Deepor Beel clean. People should be aware of preserving and protecting Deepor Beel.”

The Beel has been struggling for its very existence since the past few years and real estate players have been encroaching on it.

There is also a huge dump near the Beel. And a Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Plant where the waste from a rapidly expanding Guwahati ends. Guwahati Municipal Corporation dumps the garbage in the vicinity of Deepor Beel.

On January 22, 2017, 22 Greater Adjutant storks were found dead in Deepor Beel. While the cause of death is not clear, many suspect that it was because the birds used to eat trash at the garbage site.

Moreover, a railway track runs through the water body, near its south bank. Sometime ago, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) conducted a survey of the area for a second railway track that will pass through a part of the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary which is used by elephants as a major corridor.

Deepor Beel has been subject to litigation in the past few years. In 2014, Kaziranga-based environmentalist Rohit Choudhury filed a petition (Application No 472/2018, Rohit Choudhury versus Union of India and others) against damages being done to the Beel due to pollution and encroachment.

On October 9, 2018, the principal bench of the NGT, New Delhi, asked the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) to stop laying of the second railway track.

The NGT also made it clear that the railway authorities had to follow the steps recommended in the tribunal’s order of January 18, 2018.

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Edited By: Admin
Published On: Jun 09, 2019