BOLENG, April 29: Pangin-Boleng MLA Ojing Tasing alongwith PRI members, officials of WRD Pangin Division and villagers of Riga on Wednesday visited the Water Conservation Project at Gueng Lake.
Gueng Lake is situated around 1200 meters above MSL near Riga Village in Siang District.
The local MLA trekked at least for three hours and camped overnight within the vicinity of the lake.
During his visit, Tasing sought Community participation in making the project successful which is funded by the state govt during the financial year 2020-21.
He also requested the villagers not to cut trees in and around the lake and plant more trees wherever necessary.
“Gueng Lake can be a best tourist destination if properly developed. So, quality of works should not be compromised while constructing the project”, he said.
Tasing further said that the third world war might happen because of the water crisis, adding that because of growing population the fragile ecology might be hampered if not conserved now.
Siang District unit BJP president Tapang Tamut who accompanied the MLA said it is high time the people tap the rich potential of natural resources of the area and develop fisheries so that more migratory birds can nest around.
Observing that there is huge scope for cultural and eco-tourism in Riga area, he requested the villagers to maintain hospitality and provide best services to attract more tourists.
The BJP unit president also called for stopping shifting cultivation to secure the water sources and adopt a long term plan to develop the area properly.
“There has been climate change and global warming. So, there is an urgent need to secure the water sources and it’s catchment area”, he said.
He added that the lake can also be a best orchids trail if properly developed.
Riga block ZPM Tarik Tatin and village elder Tapon Tasing also spoke.
Later today, the participants planted trees within the vicinity of the lake and organized social service.