Waste Station inaugurated at Galu

The Honourable Deputy Commissioner Mr C.P. Verma was the Chief Guest at the inauguration of our Waste Management Station at Galu on Friday 21st April 2017. The waste station was set up to encourage hikers and tourists to bring their waste back down from the Triund instead of leaving it on the trail and at the mountain camp. Informative signboards regarding waste management rules and hiking ethics/etiquette have been installed to protect the safety of tourists and preserve the environment. Signboards have been placed at Galu and at each chai shop and guest-house on the way to, and at Triund.

The 2 lakh capital costs for the project were kindly funded by Punjab National Bank. The project is in collaboration with the District Administration, Forest Department and the Police.

A tent has been erected at Galu and each tourist group will be given a garbage bag (rucksack style) and will be encouraged to keep their waste during the hike. On their arrival back to Galu they will be given assistance at the Waste Station, to ensure they dispose of their waste in the right dustbins. This will ensure that a minimal amount of waste is left at Triund and the maximum amount of waste can be recycled.

Waste Warriors founder Jodie Underhill who started the waste collection from Triund back in April 2009 said “Today is a momentous occasion and it’s wonderful to finally be collaborating with the Government on this project. When I started the Triund waste collection there were around 10,000 people each year visiting the camp and now we have 10,000 per month. We hope that the tourists appreciate our efforts towards protecting this beautiful area and utilize the Waste Station at Galu. We are extremely grateful to PNB for covering our capital costs but urgently need funds to cover the operational costs. Despite the Chief Minister offering to help, nothing has materialized as yet. We remain hopeful that the Government will find a way to assist us.”

The DC gave an excellent, moving speech and assured us that we were not alone and that help would come. He also appreciated the work of the Waste Warriors staff.

Mr Sunil Soni, Dy. General Manager- Circle Head, PNB said “ We are proud to be a part of this initiative, let’s all collaborate to keep the camp and trail clean so future generations can also enjoy it.”

The event was attended by Sunny Verma (Assistant Conservator of Forests), Mr Sunil Soni (Dy. General Manager- Circle Head) and Mr T.C. Dhiman (Dy. Circle Head), Punjab National Bank, Circle Office, Dharamsala, Jagan Thankur (Deputy Director), Department of Tourism, Himachal Tourism and Vijay Guleria (Junior Engineer) Public Works Department, Raspal Singh (President Adventure & Tour Operators Association (ATOA).