Conrad warns of consequences of climate change

SHILLONG, Apr 5: With climate change a reality, Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma today told the Meghalaya Assembly that the flood situation in Meghalaya is only going to get worse in the years to come.

Intervening during the Question Hour, Conrad said, “With climate change this is only going to get worse.”

The Chief Minister also called for the need to have an adaptation policy to reduce risks posed by the consequences of climatic changes.

He also said that a mitigation policy is also needed for the government to focus on in view of climate change.

While mitigation addresses the root causes by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation seeks to bring down risks posed by the consequences of climatic changes.

Conrad also called for the need to dredge the state’s rivers to prevent floods as is being done by the Assam government with the Brahmaputra river.

Earlier to a query by Congress legislator from Rajabala, Dr Ajad Zaman, Minister in-charge Water Resources, Metbah Lyngdoh informed the House that the state government would construct canals for supplying of water to paddy fields only if the area is technically found feasible and economically viable.

Meanwhile, senior opposition leader from the Congress Charles Pyngrope urged the state government to built the canals irrespective of whether it is economically viable or not.

According to Pyngrope Meghalaya was primarily an agrarian society with a majority of its people farmers and therefore it was the duty of the government to promote agriculture.

Lyngdoh also informed that various flood protection schemes to control flood from river Jinjiram have been prepared and awaiting sanctions.

The plain areas of Garo Hills are flooded every year due to overflow of water from river Jinjiram.

“As preventive measures, the government has initiated some schemes to control the flood from river Jinjiram to protect the plain belt areas of Garo Hills,” the Water Resources Minister informed.

Dr Zaman wanted a permanent solution to the problems of annually flood due to overflowing of this particular river.