YATN-NGO Kullu: Another Green Step towards Clean and Green World
Kullu based NGO YATTN has once again proved their concern towards a clean and green world. Located at a height of 2,438 m, Bijli Mahadev, is a beautiful and sacred temple which is located at a distance of 10 km from Kullu. To reach Bijli Mahadev there is a trek of 3 kilometers and the breath taking panoramic view it offers id worth the sweat shed. There is a Shiva ling inside the temple which is made up of butter and sattoo. Each year numerous tourists visit Bijli Mahadev during monsoons and due to lack of basic civic amenities there is a big issue of garbage disposal. There is a lack of garbage dumpers and dustbins around the temple and the trekking trail, it has become a garbage prone area.
Kullu based NGO YATN has taken the initiative by collecting the garbage throughout the route of Bijli Mahadev.
According to the members of YATN,
“The motive is not only to collect and transport waste but to make people aware of its management and disposal. For this purpose 6000 information pamphlets were distributed. Some of the pilgrims were interviewed and they accepted their unawareness or mere nonchalance. Some of the pilgrims came forward and volunteered to collect waste with others. After collecting the solid waste, transportation work was supported by Yuvak Mandel of the panchayat and some of the pilgrims helped to transport waste to municipality dumper (truck). According to study, people need awareness camps and technique to manage this menace.”
Team members of YATN also suggested that replacing plastic-disposable plates with Eco-Friendly pattals during the langars can solve the problem of pollution caused by plastic waste. YATN also suggested that other NGOs and government agencies should come forward and create awareness among the tourists and locals. Team YATN also suggested that,
“Awareness camps should be organized at schools where kids should be made aware of the adverse impact of pollution on their land. They should be made a part of such drives so that a sense of responsibility arises in them. Mahila mandals also actively participate in such activities so their involvement is also crucial. Women folk in the village areas should be made aware of segregating bio degradable waste from non-biodegradable waste.”