Palampur, January 31
Hundreds of villagers of Sulaha area of Palampur have announced that they would protect Neugal river water from contamination and not allow dumping of garbage into it.
Villagers from Farerh, Bhatto and Paroro areas have been camping near the river in biting cold for the past two days to check the dumping of garbage. Dozens of persons, who came to throw the garbage in the river in the early hours, were sent back by the villagers.
They said the Neugal was a major source of drinking water in the area. The IPH Department had tapped its water for supply schemes for hundreds of villages and therefore, they would not allow any contamination in the water.
Village youths assembled at Paror and said since the administration, the IPH Department and Pollution Control Board had failed to check the menace, they had come forward to protect the environment.
They said they had apprised Palampur SDM Dharmesh Manotra of their campaign. The youths also appealed to the other villages situated on the banks of the river to join hands and save the river from contamination.
Earlier, the water was used for drinking in the lower areas of Dhauladhar hills. But now, it has become highly polluted and is not even fit for washing of clothes or animals.