Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG) in collaboration with Municipal Committee Leh (MCL) and All Ladakh Tour Operators Association (ALTOA) organised a Cleanliness and Sanitation Drive under Swachh Bharat Mission and Swachhata Hi Sewa 2018 campaign on September 29.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Leh Moses Kunzang was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Inspector MC Leh, religious leader, Tsetan Angchuk, president ALTOA, Ladakh Women’s Alliance, Dr Din Mohammad, director, Ladakh Environment and Health Organisation (LEHO), Merchant Association Leh, working committee members of LEDeG, were the among the prominent guests present during the occasion.
The event began with a cleanliness and sanitation drive in Leh town, where the members from LEDeG, Municipal Committee and ALTOA cleaned the streams along the route from Karzoo up to Hotel Yak Tail which were choked with polythene bags, plastic bottles, discarded clothes and garbage.
Later, in the main market, an eco-friendly reusable and recyclable carry bag was launched as a substitute for polythene and plastic carry bags. The new desludging truck purchased by LEDeG and Blue Water Company was also launched by MCL.
Meanwhile, ADC Leh Moses Kunzang addressed the crowd and appealed to them for a collaborative effort to overcome the problems in Leh. He stressed that the Administration and LAHDC Leh need their support to make Leh a clean town. He also appealed to the NGOs, social and private organisations to extend their help in their pursuit of keeping Leh clean.
On the occasion, Moses highlighted some of the initiatives and efforts undertaken by LAHDC Leh in addressing issues of waste management, scarcity of water and traffic management. He also informed the public about BORDA, a German NGO which works for improving sanitation and promoting decentralised waste and wastewater treatment options. He further shared the development on the redevelopment of Changspa Street and how it will decongest the traffic on the road. He also said a machine, Black Hole, which is used to clear garbage dump, has been ordered from Bengaluru which will be installed at Bomb Guard.
Dr Nordan Otzer, Executive Director of LEDeG, informed the public about the ill effects due to excessive use plastic bags usage on the environment as well as health of the people. He also brought to notice the contamination of groundwater due to sanitary waste, shortage of water in Leh and the importance of traditional local toilets. He also stressed the need to address cleanliness and water management issues and urged everyone to get aboard to fight against sanitation issues instead of relying on the government.
Tsetan Angchuk, president ALTOA, also spoke on the occasion and shared with the audience about the cleanliness campaigns and drives carried out by them to preserve and protect the fragile environment of Ladakh.
Ladakh Film Society also presented a skit on water whereas Art of Motion performed dance in front of the audience. Female artists also presented a theme-based song on the occasion.