Don’t carry plastic bags & bottles To Himachal
Mandi, January 21
The next time you travel to different destinations of Himachal Pradesh like Kullu-Manali, Rohtang Pass, Shimla , Dalhousie and Dharamsala, you do not need to bring plastic bags and bottles.
For you will be greeted with “green pamphlets” at the state’s barriers that will give you a “green primer” on Himachal’s new green mantra: Help make Himachal a polythene-free state.
The Departments of Environment, Science and Technology, and Tourism, are now pooling their efforts to change the mindset of the tourists making a beeline for Himachal Pradesh. The idea is to spread Himachal’s green mantra far and wide, both among the domestic and foreign tourists.
The tourism officials say on an average over 90,000 foreigners and around 10 lakh domestic tourists travel to Kullu-Manali in a year. Though there is no exact study on the matter, on an average a tourist generates about 0.5 kg of garbage during his or her stay in the valley, said hoteliers.
Since the state has banned the use of plastic in Himachal Pradesh, it is taking steps to discourage the use of plastic bottles among tourists as well.
The government has challaned over 559 offenders and has collected Rs4.40 lakh as fine in the state since last December.
Now the state also expects its guests to obey its “green rules”, and change their mindset of using plastic bags and bottles. The HPTDC-run hotels have already scrapped the use of plastic bins and bottles and offer its guests to use the filtered water that they can fill from HPTDC restaurants and hotels. Spreading its mantra among the tourists, the district administration, Kullu, is setting up “green hoardings” along the highway at key points educating the tourists on the state’s new mantra of “green tourism”.
The DC, Kullu, BS Nanta, told The Tribune that they were taking these steps for the coming tourist season.