DG Rural Sanitation visits Baltal Base camp, review sanitation arrangements

Excelsior Correspondent

BALTAL, July 5: To ensure the sanitation and its allied services are put in place for Shri Amarnath Ji pilgrims, Director General Rural Sanitation, Anoo Malhotra paid a visit at Baltal base camp and Domail and reviews sanitation arrangements there.
At Domail Waste Management Facility, she meticulously inspected the arrangements for proper disposal of Dry, Wet and Inert Waste.
During her visit, Malhotra placed significant emphasis on sanitation activities, recognizing the critical role of sanitation workers in ensuring a smooth and hygienic pilgrimage experience for the thousands of devotees participating in the yatra.
“We are proud that out sanitation workers are managing the waste efficiently at the Baltal basecamp- the largest basecamp for pilgrims- where around 30, 000 people visit every day since the commencement of Yatra,” she said.
She instructed officers to launch special sanitation drives focused on keeping the yatra axis clean and eco-friendly. These drives are to include regular collection and disposal of waste, maintaining clean tracks and rest areas, and ensuring uncontaminated water sources.
The DG also stressed the need for public awareness campaigns to educate pilgrims on the importance of maintaining cleanliness and minimizing their environmental footprint.
Her visit is part of a broader initiative to enhance the infrastructure and services associated with the Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra, ensuring that it is not only a spiritually enriching experience but also eco-friendly and sustainable.
In addition to inspecting the yatra route, she visited the “Waste to Wonder” exhibition at the Baltal base camp.
This exhibition, attracting 2,000 to 3,000 visitors daily, aims to educate and inspire pilgrims and visitors about sustainable waste management practices.
Showcasing innovative ways to manage waste and convert it into useful resources, the exhibition aligns with the department’s vision of sustainable practices.
Her visit highlighted the administration’s commitment to both the spiritual and environmental aspects of the pilgrimage.

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