Shri Amarnathji yatra becoming a zero-landfill pilgrimage through initiatives by Swaaha

Mascots carrying the message of ‘Responsible Pilgrimage’ walked around Amarnath camps. To make the 2023 Amarnath yatra zero-waste pilgrimage, and to make it paper-free and garbage-free, an army of sanitation workers have been deployed for maintenance of the yatra tracks and night halt camps, said Swaaha representatives. Nunwan base camp is a busy camp where around 6,000 to 9,000 people come and go on a daily basis. Nunwan, Pahalgam is an example of cleanliness despite the crowd. A standard of cleanliness is being maintained whether it is cleanliness of roads, toilets, sanitation, langar areas, etc. In all the areas we have made optimum use of the labour workforce. Solid Waste management is managed by Swaaha too. The team segregates materials and separates materials for composting belts. Plastic waste goes to another slot. In this manner, we maintain zero land waste pilgrimage. We try to make the yatra clean, said Swaaha representatives. There is a message for all tourists coming from outside and local tourists coming to Pahalgam. Pahalgam is a miracle of nature. The Amarnath journey of faith also goes from here. So we all must make good efforts to keep the area clean and to reduce the use of plastics. Use of cloth bags is being promoted for the Amarnath yatra. We need to limit the generation of waste. Let us all work together to help the government keep the fragile ecosystem clean, said Swaaha representatives.

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