Activity: Talk Series: The need for solid waste and waste water management in Leh Town
Date: June 11, 2018
Location: LEDeG Office, Karzoo
Speaker(s): Tsetan Angchuk, President, All Ladakh Tour Operators Association (ALTOA), Tashi Motup Kau, President, All Ladakh Hotels and Guest Houses Association
- Objective: To discuss the problem of solid waste and waste water management in Leh Town from the perspective of tour operators and hotels/guest houses in Leh who are major stakeholders in tourism industry in Leh
- Summary Agenda: June 11- Time Activity PiC 4:30 PM Welcome Speech Dr Nordan Otzer 4:45 PM Guest speaker Tsetan Angchuk 5:05 PM Guest Speaker Tashi Motup Kau 5:40 PM Question & Answer Session 6:20 PM Thank you speech Tenzin Motup
- Summary of Results:
Dr Nordan: Leh produces about 14 tonnes of solid waste every day. Most of the wastewater seeps into the ground thereby contaminating the groundwater.
The proximity of the bore-wells and soak pit results in leeching which contaminates the groundwater
Most of the people are not aware of the difference between soak pit and septic tank
Tsetan Angchuk: Uncontrolled nature of tourism putting a lot of strain on the natural resources
ALTOA to carry out a pilot project in Stok Kangri which is funded by the Government of India.
Tashi Motup Kau: There are two reasons for the contamination of groundwater,
1) Inappropriate design of septic tanks,
2) Irregular cleaning of the septic tanks
The Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant constructed by the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) with technical support from BORDA and LEDeG has been a blessing for the hotels, guest houses and households in Leh
Tashi Motup: Earlier, we spent Rs 10,000-12,000 for cleaning the septic tanks but now we spend just Rs 3,500 for a tank of 3,500 litres.