India– Expressing concern at the unstoppable forest fire at Daria Hills near here since the past two days, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has directed all departments to take immediate steps to prevent similar outbreak in future.
Even as the hills around Itanagar crackled deafeningly, authorities yesterday had a brainstorming session on immediate steps to control the fire and find ways to prevent further outbreak.
The hills, the only source of potable water to the entire capital region, has been ablaze for the second day today, sending alarm bells across the think-tanks of the state government agencies.
Mr Tuki, who left for Canada to attend the inaugural event of the ‘Year of India 2011’ to be celebrated at Ottawa tomorrow, called up authorities to take immediate actions.
In a hurriedly called meeting here yesterday on the advice of the Chief Minister, his Political Secretary Bamang Tago appealed to all departments to join hands to fight the man-made menace permanently.
The meeting discussed measures to prevent rampant forest fire, particularly in the catchment areas of the state capital.
Tago said the fire has raised serious concerns as this is not only a threat to life and property of the people but also a serious threat to sources of water supply to the twin cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun and adjoining areas.
The meeting was attended by Additional PCCF Dr Rabindra Kumar, DIG (West) Robin Hibu, deputy conservator of forests Dusu Shra, disaster management director Y W Ringu, DC Capital Onit Panyang, DC Papum Pare Pige Ligu, deputy chief wildlife warden Joram Dopum, SP Capital Hibu Tamang, deputy director of disaster management Christine Wanglat. (UNI)