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Bijli Mahadev cleaning campaign by YATN

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On August 5, 2012 YATN, a Kullu based non-profit organization, executed a cleaning campaign to remove the garbage from the surrounding area of the 3 KM Bijli Mahadev trek, used by approximately 10,000 pilgrims and tourist every day in the month of Savan.

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Yatn is a Volunteer Non government organization Working in the field of Child Education,Environment protection,Health & general awareness.

Bijli Mahadev is one of the sacred temples of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of about 2,438 m in the Kullu Valley. Located 10 km from Kullu across the Beas River, it can be approached by a rewarding trek of 3 KM. A panoramic view of Kullu and Paravati valleys can be seen from the temple.

The 60 feet high staff of the Bijli Mahadev temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun. In this temple of lightning it is said that the tall staff attracts the divine blessings in the form of lightning. It is believed that the priest of the temple has to restore the Shiva linga placed inside the temple using butter and sattoo after every lightning as it shatters to pieces with a flash of lightning.

This mountain top is not under municipality area that’s why there is the serious problem of garbage collection and disposal. Very few dustbins installed surrounding the temple but they are in bad condition. Most of the garbage is burned by the peoples which create the air pollution problem. So burning the waste is not the final solution to manage garbage. Some of the government agencies did their best to manage the waste every year but not satisfactory. Most of the agencies collect garbage only surrounding the temple area but they did not cover the 3 KM trek. Which is a garbage prone area and there is no any collection system. Kullu based YATN non-profit organization took the steps n August 5, 2012 to collect garbage in this trek. Approximately 10,000 pilgrimages passed through this track every day in Savan month. They bring plastic bottles, snacks and plastic cover commodities. They throw here and there this garbage because there is no provision of dustbins.

YATN found most of the garbage sources are small tea stall on the trek. One day study on garbage by YATN found that 11/2 quintals non-biodegradable waste (NBW). In this waste most of the plastic wrapper and plastic bottle found. According to president of YATN Mr. Gourav Bhardwaj our motive is not only to collect and transport waste but we want to aware pilgrimages. For this purpose 5000 information pamphlets were distributed. Some of the pilgrimages were interviewed and they accept their unawareness for garbage. Some of pilgrimages come forward and collect waste with volunteers. After collecting the solid waste, transportation work was supported by Yuvak Mandel of the Panchayat and some of the pilgrimages help us transport waste to the municipality dumper (truck).

According to the study, people need awareness camps and technique to manage this problem. Peoples knew this was one of the environmental issues which create problem in future. But they don’t have any idea how to dispose this waste. So government agencies and NGO’s should come forward to aware the peoples and save these Eco sensitive high mountain tops. Solid waste is not a problem if peoples know the solution. For the solution of solid waste government agencies and NGO’s should arrange training programs and awareness camps time to time. At last NGO’s member would like to thank all the volunteers and Kullu administration that makes this successful cleaning campaign.

Sent To HW BY:Gaurav Bhardwaj President YATN-NGO Kullu

आज कल सावन महीने में लोग बिजली महादेव के लिए भरी संख्या में जा रहे हें | लोगों को वहां उनकी धार्मिक भावना खींचे लिए जा रही हे |वहां जाने के लिए पड़ने वाले रस्ते खूबसूरत पहाड़ियां वहां का प्राकृतिक सोंदर्य हर किसी को आपनी और आकर्षित करता हे | लेकिन लोगो की गैरजीमेवाराणा हरकत से इस जगह की सोंदार्ता हको ग्रहन लग रहा हे | शिव भगवन के पवित्र दर्शन के लिए जाने वाले लोग एक बार भी नई सोचते की जिस स्थान पे वेह कुरा कचरा फेला रहे हें | वेह एक पवित्र स्थल हे और वेह वहां भगवान् से इसके बदले में आशीर्वाद आशा करते हें
YATN ( YOUTH ASSOCIATION FOR TRANSFORMING NATION)संस्था जो भिविन समाजिक मुदों को ले कर जिला में कार्य कर रही हे | संस्था का एक दल बिजले महादेव के लिए सफाई अभियान हेतु और इसके समाधान हेतु शोध के लिए गया | दल में लगभग २० सदस्यों ने भाग लिया |जिसमे जी बी पंथ के सोदार्थियों ने भी भाग लिया | निशान द्वारा पुरे रस्ते की जी पि एस द्वारा मेपिंग की गई तथा आधिक कूड़ेवाले स्थान का पॉइंट लिया गया |जिससे पुरे रस्ते का एक नक्षा तैयार हो सके | कहाँ पर कितना कूड़ा इकठा हे |दल दुआर मुख्यता चिप्स व् टाफी के रेपर , प्लास्टिक बोतलें आधिक मात्रा में पाई गई जो की बातावरण सबसे आधिक हानिकारक हे | दल द्वारा असी बोरी डेड कविन्टेल कचरा इकठा कर उसे वहां के युवक मंडल व् महिला मंडल के सहयोग से नगरपरिषद की गारी में दल दुम्पिंग साइड के लिए भेजे गई |रस्ते में पड़ने वाले की काफी की दुकानों में सफाई के सन्देश वाले बेनर व् पोस्टर भी लगाए गई | लोगों को इसी से समभंडित पांच हजार पेम्प्लेतास भी बांटे गई |संस्था के अध्यक्ष गौरव भरद्वाज ने बताया की इसका सबसे बड़ा कारन पुरे रस्ते में कूड़े दानो का न होना और लोगो द्वारा इसकी जिमेवारी नहीं लेना मुख्यारूप से हे | संस्था इसको ले कर एक रिपोर्ट बनाए गी | जिसमे इस समस्या से निपटने के सुझाव उपयुक्त मोहोदय को सोम्पेंगे | उन्होंने इसका ठोस आश्वासन दिया हे |

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गौरव भरद्वाज
अध्यक्ष TION )संस्था जो भिविन समाजिक मुदों को ले कर जिला में कार्य कर रही हे | संस्था का एक दल बिजले महादेव के लिए सफाई अभियान हेतु और इसके समाधान हेतु शोध के लिए गया | दल में लगभग २० सदस्यों ने भाग लिया |जिसमे जी बी पंथ के सोदार्थियों ने भी भाग लिया | निशान द्वारा पुरे रस्ते की जी पि एस द्वारा मेपिंग की गई तथा आधिक कूड़ेवाले स्थान का पॉइंट लिया गया |जिससे पुरे रस्ते का एक नक्षा तैयार हो सके | कहाँ पर कितना कूड़ा इकठा हे |दल दुआर मुख्यता चिप्स व् टाफी के रेपर , प्लास्टिक बोतलें आधिक मात्रा में पाई गई जो की बातावरण सबसे आधिक हानिकारक हे | दल द्वारा असी बोरी डेड कविन्टेल कचरा इकठा कर उसे वहां के युवक मंडल व् महिला मंडल के सहयोग से नगरपरिषद की गारी में दल दुम्पिंग साइड के लिए भेजे गई |रस्ते में पड़ने वाले की काफी की दुकानों में सफाई के सन्देश वाले बेनर व् पोस्टर भी लगाए गई | लोगों को इसी से समभंडित पांच हजार पेम्प्लेतास भी बांटे गई |संस्था के अध्यक्ष गौरव भरद्वाज ने बताया की इसका सबसे बड़ा कारन पुरे रस्ते में कूड़े दानो का न होना और लोगो द्वारा इसकी जिमेवारी नहीं लेना मुख्यारूप से हे | संस्था इसको ले कर एक रिपोर्ट बनाए गी | जिसमे इस समस्या से निपटने के सुझाव उपयुक्त मोहोदय को सोम्पेंगे | उन्होंने इसका ठोस आश्वासन दिया हे
जारी करता
गौरव भरद्वाज
अध्यक्ष YATN ( YOUTH ASSOCIATION FOR TRANSFORMING NATION) KULLU )
Sent To HW BY:Gaurav Bhardwaj President YATN-NGO Kullu

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Himachal to launch Polythene Hatao Paryavaran Bachao Campaign along with plantation of 15 lakh plants

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Shimla: While the two Municipal Corporations of Himachal Pradesh and Municipal Councils of various towns are nowhere near the solid waste segregation and proper disposal, the State Environment, Science and Technology will be launching a week-long ‘Polythene Hatao Paryavaran Bachao Campaign’ from May 27 to June 2, 2018, across the State to motivate people for the elimination of polythene and protection of the environment, Director D.C. Rana informed on Friday.

He said that this campaign would be coordinated in each district by urban local bodies and PRIs under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner.

Cooperation of all government offices, NGO’s would also be sought. Public representatives, MLA’s, Ministers would also be approached for motivating people towards shunning polythene and protecting the environment.

Efforts would also be made for cleaning of water bodies, areas near water sources, tourist places etc, during the campaign, he added.

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The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) G.S. Goraya on Friday informed that 15 lakh plants would be planted in the state during three days plantation campaign after holding of State Level Van Mahotsava between 9 to July 15 this year.

A plantation campaign would be taken up throughout the state for three days starting two days after holding of State level Van Mahotsava between the said dates. In addition to the local communities, all members of H.P. Vidhan Sabha would also be requested to participate in the planting campaign at any of the sites on the date convenient to them.

The matter regarding the implementation of Reward Scheme for the staff of the Forest department, communities, and schools, which are doing good work in nursery raising, carrying out plantations, and forest protection work, was also discussed.

Fields officers were requested to send their suggestions on criteria to be fixed to judge good performances for purpose of nominating and finalizing the recipients of the proposed rewards.

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Mulakaat: A candid video shot in Manali dedicated to Mother Nature

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Kullu: A Manali-based startup, 4Play, has offered perhaps the most wonderful tribute to the mother- nature on this Mother’s day. In just four days, a team of youths at 4Play prepared a video, which includes some very well shot scenes and fresh glimpses of marvellous landscapes of Manali.

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The video features Praveen Ghanghas (29), a nomadic mountain lover, who can be seen climbing up a high deodar tree and standing at the top of it like an eagle. No need to say, the view was breathtaking.

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Praveen Ghanghas in action

The 4Play shared some pictures of Praveen, who is definitely a fitness freak, with Himachal Watcher (HW).

He is a professional mountaineer with specialization in mountain search & rescue along with being a certified wilderness medical first aid responder. He is a part of the 4Play team and leads operations of all technical shoots at 4Play.

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Praveen Ghanghas in action

Nature has been depicted as a caring mother, who’s always willing to give without complaining. Similarly, Mother Nature does not a complaint about the wrath that the humankind has unleashed on it. So, we owe an apology to it for irreversible damage human developmental activities have done to nature.

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Human flag by Praveen Ghanghas

Ironically, the Manali, like rest of the tourist towns, is overburdened with ever increasing tourist flow, and the resources of the place are falling victim to over-exploitation. The ecology is heading towards its doom while the government and the people are thinking only about exploiting the beauty of Manali for money.

We have been lately trying to bring forth the subject how the weight on the mountains is increasing and how the growing tourism is only making it worse. We have lately done stories on the same line. So on the occasion of Mother’s Day, we wanted to send out this video as an acknowledgement to all mothers (even mother nature) who never complain and continue to take care of us despite everything

, Shantanu Negi of 4Play told Himachal Watcher.

Is not it an excellent way to tell people to spend more time with nature and care-back for it?

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The video came from the same team that was behind ‘Bawali Booch’ – a short musical and adventurous tour of Manali town. It’s worth your time.

About 4Play

4Play is a start-up that is catering exclusively to the Extreme, Adventure and Action sports communities in India. Curating stories from the Indian outdoors, the group is currently weaving Eastern Hemisphere’s first content network for extreme and action sports. The team is looking forward to getting into the international arena so that athletes could gain mainstream attention.

Initially, the three founders of the start-up set, Anuj, Kshitij and Sukrit, set up their own shop in a rented apartment in a shady alley of New Delhi. However, they soon realised that metropolis was way unaffordable compared to their meagre investment. That is when they made the decision to move the operations to a quaint place, away from the much-crowded Tier 1 & 2 cities.

Very recently, the start-up launched an incubation program at Indian Institute of Technology IIIT), Mandi – Catalyst. The founders say that being one of the few startups in the region, 4Play enrolled for the program to lay the foundation of a community to spearhead enterprise in the region.

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Taxi operators cheer after Manali-Rohtang ‘electric bus service’ cancelled ahead of peak tourist season

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Shimla: The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was supposed to flag-off the much awaited electric bus service on April 30, 2018, from Manali to Rohtang for the tourists.  However, it was cancelled at the last moment. 

It doesn’t sound like a co-incident that the members of the Him Anchal Taxi Union, Manali, had approached the minister urging him to not to begin the service as it was hitting their livelihood. Otherwise, a protest was already planned ahead of the CM’s visit to Kullu.

However, the ceremony was cancelled suddenly.

The peak tourist season beings in May, therefore, the taxi operators are cheering as the tourists won’t have any other option but to hire expensive services of the cabs.  

Himachal Pradesh had not only become the first state to commission 100 percent battery-powered electric buses but also the first in the world to ply them at an altitude of 3, 978 meters (13,000 feet) on mountainous terrain of Pir Panjal ranges of the eastern Himalayas when Transport Minister GS Bali flagged off the first bus on September 22, 2017.

The decision had faced protest from the local cab operators back then too.

However, it was on November 14, 2018, that two of the newly commissioned electric buses on Manali-Rohtang Pass stretch begun ferrying passengers on a regular basis. The HRTC was charging Rs. 600 per seat for a two-way trip starting from Manali to the Rohtang snowline.

The electric buses are manufactured in a tie-up with Chinese firm BYD Auto Industry Co Ltd. Each bus costs 1.70 crores and Himachal had bought 25 of them at that time. The total cost of this deal was Rs. 48 crores.  

The CM, however, said he was not under any pressure and some unfinished formalities caused the cancellation.  He did not mention anything specific about the period for which the introduction of the e-buses would remain pending.

The CM also contradicted his statements given to media in which it was suggested that the government was looking to find a middle-path to provide relief to the taxi operators. Also, the taxi union said the operators were ensured that the e-bus service would be put on hold. 

 The decision was taken by the previous government after the National Green Tribunal had lashed out at it for unchecked environmental degradation around Rohtang Pass due to increasing load of domestic and international tourism.

The taxi operators had been protesting against the NGT orders as well as the plying of electric buses. The previous government could not ignore the orders despite the protests.

In 2014, taking note of research works pointing out fastening of glacier melting in the vicinity to Rohtang and blacking of the snow due to heavy vehicular emissions, the NGT had restricted the entry of vehicles to only 1,000 including both diesel and petrol.

The transport minister is also of the view that the developmental works would be taken up only after considering the interests of the people first.

Though the decision would benefit the local taxi operators and the hospitality industry, it can’t be done at the cost of environmental degradation. It must not be forgotten that the tourism industry exists because of the natural beauty and purity of the air in Rohtang Pass.

Therefore, we should hope that the government would not take such crucial decision to temporarily please a section of the hospitality industry.  The environmental protection lies at the root of human survival and delay in taking measures to avert it will only make it worse.

We hope that the government would actually come out with some productive solution to ensure the protection of both – the interests of the locals as well as environmental protection.    

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