Amit chairs Meeting to Enhance Preparedness for Glacial Lake Outburst Flow Hazards in Ladakh

Leh, Mar. 28, 2024: Administrative Secretary of the Disaster Management Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction (DMRRR) Department, UT Ladakh Amit Sharma today convened an important meeting to address potential threats of Glacial Lake Outburst Flow (GLOF) hazards in the Union Territory of Ladakh, at the Civil Secretariat, Leh wherein all the major stakeholders including both Deputy Commissioners, NRSC-ISRO, IIRS, IMD experts amongst others participated.This meeting was aimed at methodically ...

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“Even the minimal amount of pollution contributes tremendously to Ladakh’s sensitive ecology.” PS Dr. Kotwal

Leh, Jan 18: The 2nd meeting of Ladakh Pollution Control Committee (LPCC) UT Ladakh was held under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary Dr. Pawan Kotwal.

Mufti Sajjad Hussain, Chief Wildlife Warden/ Member Secretary, LPCC presented an action taken report on decisions of the 1st LPCC meeting. In this regard, a committee comprising officials of LPCC and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for setting up Air, Water, and Noise Monitoring Stations at Leh and Kargil has been formed, among...

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Opinion: Taxi Union Protest, Tourism Opportunities and Sustainable Development

On the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Kargil observed complete shutdown, which were to continue for four days but was called off later. The four-day complete shutdown was announced by All Transport Association Kargil over UT administration’s perpetual negligence of their demand for ‘One UT, one permit’. The cab operators claimed that their vehicles were being challaned and even seized as their permits have expired and not renewed by the Administration. The cab operators of Kargil see it as a bi...

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EC Tashi chairs meeting regarding Single Use Plastic in Kargil

Kargil, September 20, 2022:

Executive Councilor for RDD, Tourism and Zanskar Affairs, Er Punchok Tashi today chaired a meeting at Council Secretariat regarding Single Use Plastic in tourist areas of Kargil district initiated by Germany-based NGO, Human Family Nature Foundation (HFNF).

Executive Councilor, PWD, R&B, Mubarak Shah Naqvi, Councilor Poyen Constituency, Mohammad Amin, Councilor Baroo, Minjee, Sheikh Ghulam Mehdi, Co-Founder and CEO HFNF, Gaurang Bhatt, and other officials at...

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Health dept Leh observes Int’l Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies 

Leh, Sept 07: The Health Department Leh observed the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies with the theme ‘The Air We Share’ under the National Programme for Climate Change and Human Health at Government High School, Housing Colony, Leh today.

State Nodal Officer, National Programme on Climate Change and Human Health, Dr Sunil Arihar delivered community-level training for school children on air pollution and its impact on human health.

In charge Headmaster, Govt High School, Ho...

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GMDC Zanskar conducts study tour for students of environmental science

VoL Desk, July 21: Department of Environmental Sciences, Govt. Model Degree College Zanskar organized one day practical cum study tour for the students of Environmental Sciences and Environment Impact Assessment Skill course.

According to the programme schedule, students were taken to Haftal Hydroelectric Project at Sani village. JE Mr. Chimba briefed the students about the history, functioning and future prospects of the project.

Later on, the students were acquainted with the working of ...

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Ladakh Struggling for Existence in a Global Climate Change Scenario

Global climate change has hit hard every place on earth and humans have been failing all their efforts to either restrict it or lessen its effects. Though humans have always been active in finding alternatives to the possibilities that the earth offers. These alternatives have often their own repercussions, inviting yet other challenges to be dealt with. This is largely due to the trampling of boundaries set by nature in the guise of the contemporary yet temporary ways of life. As Vidal De L...

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Revisiting NH-301 Realignment: The Paradoxes of Environment and Development

Among many things, the government of India is very keen on developing road infrastructure in UT Ladakh, this has become even more important after the escalation in tension with the country’s largest neighbour. Sharmistha Mukherjee writes in The Economic Times, “the government’s emphasis on infrastructure development in border areas after the escalation in tensions with its largest neighbour, sale of construction equipment to the Border Road Organization (BRO) has increased 50% in the first h...

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BRO labourers open defecation video at River Indus gone viral

VoL Desk, April 29, 2022: Border Road Organisation (BRO) laborers are not provided basic amenities of toilet, toiletry, and sanitation, reported a page ascribed to the Aam Aadmi Party Ladakh on Facebook today.

In a clip, the Facebook page shows a number of BRO laborers ruining the sanctity of River Indus. The pollution of the River Indus is a concern to people and villages dependent on the river for farming and drinking water.

The Aam Aadmi Party page requested the BRO HQ Upshi to prov...

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Paradoxes of Tourism and Environment in Ladakh

Ladakh, situated in the northernmost area of the western Indian Himalaya, between the Karakoram Range in the north and the greater Himalaya in the south consists of two districts, Leh and Kargil. It is the newest Union territory, created on October 31, 2019, after being separated from the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir following the repeal of Article 370 on August 05, 2019. The area is characterized by harsh terrain, limited resources, low accessibility, and extreme climatic conditions...

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