By: ML Verma
Shimla (Oct 5): Himachal Pradesh government has issued an advisory cautioning tourists and pilgrims visiting the state not to bring poly carrybags.
Deputy commissioner of Una distrut KR Bharti told HimVani today that in the wake of incoming Navratra festivals, tourists or pilgrims carrying polybags would not be allowed inside Chintpurni temple complex and violators would be fined. Moreover, the district administration is moving ahead with implementing the Prohibition of Poly Carrybag Act, 2007, strictly and advisory has been issued by the state pollution control board to keep vigil on any such move.
Himachal Pradesh has a number of shrines which are being decorated for Shardnavrattra festivals ahead as extensive arrangements of security and providing civic amenities to devotees and tourists are being made. Tourists and devotees who litter garbage, especially carrybags and pouches during their travel without showing any civic sense, have become a major concern for authorities in the state.
So far district administrations were dealing leniently with the visiting guests but now as the menace has became a headache for civic bodies with increasing number of tourists and devotees coming in, it has been decided to hammer down it more stringently to save the scenic beauty and hygiene of major shrines and township in the state.
It is worth mentioning here that a pro-environment NGO, “Mountain Cleaners”, had recently launching a unique expedition to clean up the route leading to pilgrimages centers, tourists resorts and shrines.