River Siang turning black, Arunachal Model starts #saveriversiang campaign

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Guwahati/Itanagar, December 4: After news of the Siang River turning muddy and grey got viral and Arunachal MP Ninong Ering even wrote a letter to the PMO expressing concern, now Arunchal Pradesh top model, Chum Darang has come out with a hashtag #saveriversiang.

Chum Darang who was representing India was recently called ‘Miss China’ at Miss Asia World 2017 held earlier this year at Lebanon. She had become one of the runner’s up at the pageant bringing laurels to India and Arunachal Pradesh.

Darang wrote in her Facebook status:

“Mighty Siang In Danger.
Rivers are the most important entity in a life cycle and if they’ll be polluted it comes down to the only conclusion that the humans will be badly affected.
And as per the recent water sample testing done by the PHED, it shows that the turbidity level of river Siang is 425 NTU, whereas the permissible limit is 0-5 NTU. And in this much of turbidity the aquatic life is almost impossible.
Isn’t it a grave matter of concern?
Let’s come together and make our voice heard.
The question comes how?
Well, we are a small bunch of people but also, we can come together and do a LOT!
Take a picture of the river and post it online with the hashtag #saveriversiang
I am sure we will be heard.
Can we do this much for our river? We can right?
Thank you.”

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Saturday took stock of the condition of water in the Siang River, which has turned muddy post-monsoon season.

“The matter was of high concern and I have asked the local authority to submit a detailed report on the situation,” Khandu said after assessing the ground situation, adding a report on ground realities will be submitted to the Central government soon.

Earlier MP from Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering had written a letter to PM Modi raising concern about the sudden change in water quality of the Siang River. In the letter, he had mentioned about a report which was denied by the Chinese government in regard to the diverting a channel of Tsangpo (Siang/Brahmaputra) in Tibet.