The cry for saving the Wah (river) Umkhrah and Umshyrpi in East Khasi Hills are getting louder. At the sometime erstwhile crystal clear river passing through picturesque pine city of Shillong, where State’s first Padmashree awardee, Silverine Swer, on her 100th Birthday Celebration two year back recalled herself as young girl swimming in Wah (River) Umkhrah. While anglers recall fishing along the bank of the same river. Today the same river is the concern of as many as 19 social and civil organizations along with district administration, Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Defense authorities; all are putting efforts to sensitize the public for cleaning up the very same river that can be mistaken by any visitors to city as drains.
Union Minister for Water resources, Harish Rawat while accepting the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Rs 42.29 crore for the flood control and beautification of Wah Umkhrah and Wah Umshyrpi submitted by Member of Parliament (MP) Vincent H Pala along with General Administration Department Minister AL Hek on Tuesday, assured the state government that UPA government will take up this project on priority basis. This comes as a sign of relief to the totally chocked river turned drainage system.