J&K Govt’s ‘From Waste to Wonder’ initiatives marks shift towards environmentally sustainable Amarnathji Yatra

SRINAGAR, JULY 4: Spiritually blissful Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra is witnessing a remarkable shift towards a cleaner and more sustainable pilgrimage with implementation of ‘From Waste to Wonder’ initiatives by the Jammu and Kashmir government. This reflects the administration’s commitment to maintain ecology and environment.
The Directorate of Rural Sanitation, Department of Rural Department and Panchayati Raj, J&K is executing a comprehensive program for collection, segregation, transportation and disposal of waste stuff, aiming reduction in plastic waste generation and encouraging a positive behavioral shift among the pilgrims regarding their role in maintaining the ecosystem.
To create awareness among the pilgrims about the importance of recycling, the Directorate organized an exhibition at Baltal which not only encouraged responsible waste disposal but showcased its potential for transformation towards a sustainable environment. The display of everyday items crafted from recycled materials like paper bags, furniture made from Tetra packs and creative uses of plastic waste served as a powerful reminder of the ‘From waste to Wonder’ concept.
The enthusiastic pilgrims explored all the exhibits showcasing the potential of upcycling and innovative design with each piece telling a story of transformation, turning waste material into objects of wonder.
During the exhibition, Dhoopbatti, Agarbatti and other usable products like jute bags, flowerpots, waste glass bottles and many other such products prepared by Self Help Groups (SHG) are being displayed which have been prepared by using the flowers collected from the Mandir.
At the base camp, composting methods like Bucket Composting, Home Composting and Aaga Drum Composting are being displayed to encourage the pilgrims to implement sustainable waste management practices beyond the Yatra. Besides, a counter for awareness generation among the pilgrims for avoiding the use of single use plastic has also been set up where they are receiving free cotton bags as alternatives for plastic bags.
Also, the mascots of Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman at the camp added a cultural relevance and made the message of sustainability more relatable.
The sustainable waste management initiatives are being hugely appreciated by the Yatris. The success of these initiatives, prioritizing sustainable waste management practices, has set a commendable example for the future pilgrimages.
Further, in order to ensure smooth experience for the pilgrims, nearly 7000 sanitation work force has been deployed on field by the Rural Sanitation, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, especially for looking after the sanitation services in the entire route of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.