Hundreds take part in ‘Himalayan Cleanup’ drives

ROING, May 26: Hundreds participated in a cleanliness drive from the market to the Eze river here on Saturday as part of ‘The Himalayan Cleanup’ drive which is being organized in 12 Himalayan mountain states in the country to rid the mountains of plastic waste.
The drive here was jointly organized by the Lower Dibang Valley district administration, NGO AAMYA, the Sustainable Development Forum of Arunachal Pradesh, the Dibang Development Council Agency, I Clean Roing, the DUDA, the PHED, Navayuga, and the Integrated Mountain Initiative, Roing.
Deputy Commissioner Mitali Namchoom recommended the use of jute bags instead of plastic bags, and said, “Everyone’s small contribution towards the mission can bring about a real change.”
She advised the people to reduce the use of plastic in their everyday lives.
ADC Cheshta Yadav led the pledge-taking ceremony. Paul Chawang of AAMYA presented a brief on the cleanup drive, which he said “aims to bring the issue of waste to the forefront and to understand what waste and brand audit are.”
Later, a ‘waste auditing’ was carried out at DUDA Viewpoint by the staff of AMYAA and volunteers of I-Clean Roing.
In East Kameng, the PHE&WS department in collaboration with the district administration conducted cleanliness drives at various places across the district under the ‘Himalayan Cleanup’ drive.
DC Gaurav Singh Rajawat, members of various organizations, NGOs, committees, etc, and members of the public joined the drive.
In Tawang, local NGO Environment Protection Society with support from the PHE&WS department, Manjushree Vidyapith and local NGOs carried out the cleaning drive. (With DIPRO inputs)