After a few months of imposing a travel ban on tourists, the Himachal Pradesh government recently opened its gates for tourists, easing restrictions. Last month, several tourists flocked to various destinations of Himachal, causing a massive traffic jam!
However, easing travel restrictions hasn’t been easy on nature, as popular destinations have now been littered. For example, a Twitter user shared pictures of Triund Trek in Dharamshala which was littered with numerous plastic waste products and liquor bottles. Have a look:
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This sparked outrage online. While many condemned the callous treatment towards the mountains by tourists, others asked the state to fine tourists on spotting such acts.
अतिथि देवो भव:
we have been enjoying the natural world for many many years but now beast has overpowered the beauty
Himalayas are just like our metro cities now, garbage at every nook & corner
Post covid revenge love story
Truind trek (Dharamshala)
Be my voice 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/11Ie3WE8wS
— Pradeep Sangwan (@iPradeepSangwan) July 1, 2021
This kind of acts are only done by uncivilized people..!!shame on them who had done this…! Make sure u should repay for this one day…!
— PRADEEP (@PRADEEP__1998) July 1, 2021
Sad state of affairs. Why can’t we understand this simple thing.
— Dr Bhagirath Manda IRS (@DrBhageerathIRS) July 1, 2021
This unfortunately is the story everywhere in HP, every year and more so during this pandemic with the recent heavy influx of tourists.
The @CMOFFICEHP govt need to incorporate heavy fines in existing law and a dedicated vigilant tourism police to stop this nonsense.
— ⚓ Alpha Bravo 🇮🇳 (@MrAlphaBravo1) July 1, 2021
It’s so frustrating. Why are people so disrespectful?
In Curacao there are some of the best diving & most beautiful beaches in the world but for the unrelenting trash floating & sunken to the coral below. 😕
— Merci Merci Me (@OneMarzian) July 1, 2021
With Covid, the urge to go for trekking has increased and the tendency to litter 🚮 too. Please carry a dustbin bag and bring back the waste disposals, is it very tough to do that? Some people consider Mountains ⛰ to be the dumping ground.
— Shrabani Banerjee (@bani23b) July 1, 2021
No words as with education does not come responsibility… But I am Sure strict Fine implementation needs to be rolled out or else #Humans failing to respect Nature which is available in Free & abundance in hills or plains anywhere and everywhere..
— Nisha rai (@nisharai_ggc) July 1, 2021
Blood boils seeing this. We seriously need strict punishment for littering places..specially one with sensitive ecosystem
— discodancer (@diiscodancer) July 1, 2021
just ban treks, people from the plains are insensitive and ignorant about respecting pristine surroundings
— Rohit Garg (@rohit_269) July 1, 2021
Disgusting behaviour by the so called “Guests”
Himalay has been worshipped since centuries. Can’t tolerate this at all.
— Sanjay Parmar (@SANJAYOFMAHUVA) July 1, 2021
Incidents like these are truly condemnable!