SHIMLA- Clean India Campaign disappointed many Govt. employees for their holiday was spoiled. Of course, today all the dailies have publish big images of ministers and high rank officials with broom in their hands. The campaign is launched with a great enthusiasm, and images are pouring on social media sites and news websites. While Modi promised to make India garbage free by 2019, Himachal Govt. has promised a toilet in each and every home in the state by 2015.
The PSU (Private Sector Undertakings) promised to fund the toilets for girls, while panchayats will be granted additional 20 lakh to boost the campaign. Everywhere, the campaign appears to have received thumbs up. There is a flood of announcements from various companies, ministers and individuals. Celebrities like Priyanka Chopara, Amir Khan, Sachin Tendulkar including many others have accepted to join the campaign after the PM invited them.
Before we continue with the article, take a look at the response of Shimla towards Clean India Campaign, which was kicked off by the PM himself.
Yesterday, one of HW’s curious member saw SDA Complex Employees busy in sweeping and shining the furniture, floors, glasses, almirahs etc. He visited various offices in the complex and found people with dusters, brooms, and water-buckets in their hands.
However, the garbage collected from inside the offices mostly ended up in open spaces around the premises of their respective blocks, or it was set on fire.
Take a look at the photos taken near Block-24 parking space.
From the very beginning of HW’s journey, we tried to bring the attention of Shimla MC as well as that of the public towards the sanitary conditions of Shimla, which are getting worse with each passing day.
Many readers supported us to highlight the issue from their locality; they posted images and wrote to us. Expect co-operation from typical Indian public is a farfetched dream when the Municipal Corporation, the MC Commissioner, the Mayor, and the Govt. didn’t move a muscle, even when the issue was brought to their attention with photographs and videos.
The biggest trouble with the Indian people and politicians is the lack commitment toward consistent efforts to get predicted results. Yesterday, everyone was keen to hold a broom, but the very today day, most of them are likely to start a new day with the same mindset. Such campaigns are normal to the ears of ever Indian.
However, the garbage collected from inside the offices mostly ended up in open spaces around the premises of their respective blocks, or the garbage was set on fire. Take a look at the photos taken near parking space at one of the SDA Complex Block.
What’s the point of sweeping and mopping the floors inside the complex when sanitation employees daily do the same? The cleaning campaign is less about cleaning desks, almirahs and window glasses.
The actual target was the solid waste and garbage thrown in open around these blocks or anywhere around us. The idea is to amend our poor garbage disposal habits, to stop littering, to stop spitting and urinating in public spaces.
Here is a picture posted by a reader in HW UrNews section. It was clicked in yesterday morning.
Any cleaning campaign would not advice burning the garbage or to throw is in open. The campaign should encourage people to use dustbins.
Awareness makes an essential part of a cleaning campaign. It’s no use if you teach people to clean the garbage, but misses to tell them what to do with it. All garbage must end in waste treatment plants.
People in Shimla, except those who were asked to report at the offices, did not take any interest in the launch of this campaign. People are seen littering and urinating in open, even in parking spaces.
We don’t deny the possibility that some good souls, if not all, will continue to actually follow the Keep India Clean Pledge, but the majority of us are suffering from dementia type disease when it comes to cleaning campaigns, social works, and duties of a citizen.
Again, we appeal to the Govt. and Shimla MC to initiate awareness campaigns, which will teach not only keep our locality clean but also how to dispose off the waste properly. They must be told why burning isn’t the solution for the garbage trouble.
Photo Credits: Tarun Sharma/ HW Readers
Himachal: Report Forest Fires on Toll-Free Numbers 1077 and 1070
Shimla-Forest fire is a recurrent annual phenomenon in Himachal Pradesh and causes losses worth several crores every year. Dry spell and summers make forests, especially chir pine forests, highly vulnerable to forest fires. These forest fires not only damage the forest wealth but also hit wildlife and biodiversity in general. The forest department attributes most fires to human factors.
Like every year, the forest department has claimed that it is all geared up and ready to combat forest fires this year too. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr. Savita on Monday held a virtual review meeting with Forest Circles on preparedness for forest fires in the state.
She said that the Forest department was well prepared to fight the forest fires and a rapid forest fire fighting force and rapid response teams had been set up at forest division and range levels.
“Approximately 40,000 man-days of fire watchers would be engaged by the department in addition to existing frontline staff for preventing and combating forest fires,” she said. The state disaster control room with toll-free number 1077 at the state level and 1070 at the district level were operational for reporting of the forest fire by the local community, she informed.
Dr. Savita said messages regarding forest fire had been shared with the members of the rapid forest fire fighting force, in which approximately 50,000 volunteers had already been registered. Awareness to the community was also conducted through Nukkar Nataks, songs, speeches and other activities at different locations in the state. Besides, a massive state-level awareness program was also conducted at 45 places from 10 to 17 March 2021
She said that the department had created forest fire lines and did control burning and also constructed water storage structures in the forest areas to combat forest fires. Additional multi-utility vehicles and water loaded tankers in 80 fire-sensitive ranges had been engaged for three months. She that matter regarding Standard Operating Systems (SOPs) for requisition of helicopter services for dousing the forest fires had been sent to the Government for approval.
Feature Photo: Unsplash@Thematthoward
Himachal Counts 108,578 Waterbirds of 96 Species This Year With Increase in Habitat
Shimla-The habitat of migratory and resident water-birds in Himachal Pradesh has gradually improved, said Forest Minister Rakesh Pathania.
The annual water-bird count at Pong Dam Lake Wildlife Sanctuary was conducted in the first of February, 2021 and the exercise was conducted under restrained conditions due to the prevailing Avian Influenza outbreak in Pong Dam Lake as well as the COVID-19 Pandemic, he said.
The exercise was conducted by Wildlife wing of Himachal Pradesh by deploying 57 staff members in 26 sections of the sanctuary for counting the water-dependent birds.
Total 108,578 birds of 96 species were counted during this year. Out of the total number, 101,431 of 51 species are water-dependent migratory birds and 6,433 of 29 species are water-dependent resident birds. As many as 714 birds of 16 other species were also recorded. The total population of the flagship species, Bar-Headed Geese, is 40,570.
The other species which have higher population count during this year are Eurasian Coot (24,163), Northern Pintail (12,702), Common Teal (8,444), Little Cormorant (3,649), Great Cormorant (3,410), Grey Lag Goose (2,297), Northern Shoveler (2,275) and Common Pochard (2,138). The species which find noticeable mention are Red Necked Grebe, Great Bittern, Lesser White-Fronted Goose, Red Crested Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Pied Avocet, Northern Lapwing, Peregrine Falcon etc. During the counting exercise, one Bar-headed Goose and one Grey Lag Goose with collars were also spotted.
This year the Annual bird count exercise assumes significance, considering the Avian Influenza outbreak in the Wildlife Sanctuary. Further, the Minister expressed satisfaction over the timely and effective containment measures taken by Wildlife Wing to control and contain Avian Influenza outbreak in the Wildlife Sanctuary.
PCCF (Wildlife) Archana Sharma and CCF Wildlife (North) Dharamshala Upasana Patial also participated and supervised the Annual Water Bird Count.
The total population of birds, as well as number of species, counted this year are marginally less as compared to last year, probably due to the impact of Avian Influenza outbreak which was first reported on 28th December 2020.
Although the total population of water birds declined during the peak of the Avian Influenza outbreak, there is a gradual increase in the total population of birds, the Minister informed.
Himachal First State to Complete Assessment of Snow Leopard and its Wild Prey
Shimla-The assessment of snow leopard population in Himachal Pradesh has been completed by the state wildlife wing in collaboration with Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) Bangalore following the protocol aligning with the SPAI (Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India) protocols of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. Himachal Pradesh has become the first state to complete assessment of snow leopard and its wild prey.
The state has an estimated population of up to 73 snow leopards.
It is the first scientifically robust estimate of snow leopards and its prey for the State. Since snow leopard is the state animal, the study assumes great significance for Himachal Pradesh.
The exercise revealed that snow leopard density ranged from 0.08 to 0.37 individuals per 100 sq.km., with the trans-Himalayan regions of Spiti, Pin valley and upper Kinnaur recording the highest densities, both of the predator and its prey, mainly ibex and blue sheep.
This study covered the entire potential snow leopard habitat of Himachal Pradesh: an area of 26,112 sq.km., utilising a stratified sampling design. Camera trapping surveys were conducted at 10 sites to representatively sample all the strata i.e. high, low and unknown. The camera trap deployment over the mountainous terrains was led by a team of eight local youth of Kibber village and more than 70 frontline staff of HPFD were trained in this technique as part of the project. Snow leopards were detected at all the 10 sites (Bhaga, Chandra, Bharmour, Kullu, Miyar, Pin, Baspa, Tabo, Hangrang & Spiti) suggesting that snow leopards are found in the entire snow leopard habitat in Himachal Pradesh either as resident individuals of a population or as dispersing individuals navigating through these connecting habitats.
Another revelation from the study is that a bulk of snow leopard occurrence is outside protected areas, reiterating the fact that local communities are the strongest allies for conservation in snow leopard landscapes.
The NCF and wildlife wing collaborated in the effort and it took three years to complete the assessment. MoEFCC had launched the First National Protocol on Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India, on the occasion of International Snow Leopard Day. You can read the complete protocol here.
Snow leopard is the icon of high mountains of Asia. In India, they inhabit the higher Himalayan and TransHimalayan landscape in an altitudinal range between approximately 3,000 m to 5,400 m above MSL, spanning c. 100,000 km2 in the five states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. This area contributes to about 5% of the global snow leopard range.
Snow leopards occur over a vast, relatively remote and difficult to access mountainous area. Together with their elusive nature, this makes a complete population census of snow leopards an unfeasible goal. Even their distribution remains unclear. For example, recent surveys show that they do not occur in 25 % of the area that was thought to be their range in the state of Himachal Pradesh Their density is expected to be variable in space, dependent on several factors such as habitat suitability, prey availability, disturbance and connectivity. Variation in density across space also poses the risk of biased sampling, and, indeed, most of the snow leopard population assessments conducted so far across the world are biased towards the best habitats.
Feature Photo: Pexels/Charles Miller
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