Kasol is known as mini-Israel of India, owing to large aggregation of tourists from Israel who spend months on months there, soaking in the nature and inhaling (you know what Kasol, Tosh and Malana are famous for). While last month couple of our friends from DoW went, they were appalled by the situation of non-biodegradable waste, being dumped directly into the Parvati River which originates just 58 Kms away from Man Talai Glacier below the Pin Parvati pass. This was when we decided to do something and got into organizing something.
With 30 odd participants, this trip was especially for creating an awareness against littering and non-biodegradable waste in Kasol.
On reaching the camp, the morals went down on learning that the Pradhan is absconding and no local support would be there, but of course for the camp owner – Om Negi. The morning also, it was raining quite a lot and our initial plan of going to the town early morning to try to talk and mobilize locals couldn’t materialize. Finally, the rains receded a bit around 09:15 and this is when we finally decided to go ahead with the drive, though on a reduced scale, with or without local support! So we all gathered and marched forward.
We decided to clean the trail from Kasol leading to Chalal till the bridge, which being on the hind-side of the market, had become a sort of dumping ground. The rains didn’t stopped and intermittently became intense. Not even thinking about it, the Devils as we are, cleaned the entire trail! The high point of the drive was when two persons, smoking and littering were watching us cleaning the area. Suddenly they both got up and started picking up the litter spread by them as well as that in the surrounding. When we asked them to use gloves, they denied stating that they’d go away in 5 minutes and just wanted to undo what they had just done! So the drive is making impact! 🙂
Looking at the changed look of the trail, we all discussed further, and it was decided to move ahead and clean the market area too. So we formed groups and started in all three directions, cleaning all the while also talking to the shopkeepers.
Around 13:00, we were through with the entire market too and assembled to have tea/snacks, when some local ladies of the Mahila Mandal too gathered and joined the drive.
We then collected all the garbage at one place and were thinking about hiring a tempo to dump it at a proper dumping ground when the ladies advised us to let it remain there, as it was already packed, and that they’ll discuss the disposal in their meeting that was already scheduled for Tuesday. In fact some of the ladies were adamant to put the entire garbage in front of the Pradhan’s house, which we had to advise against! 😆 😆
Although it was raining on Sunday, we went ahead with the drive and cleaned almost entire Kasol. The results were lot better than what we expected and the next day we was every shop with a cardboard carton placed to collect the waste. And the trail? Just have a look 🙂
Overall, a very satisfying event! 🙂