Print Edition - 2018-08-22 | News
16 shacks of plastic waste cleared from trekking route in Nagarkot
Aug 22, 2018-
In a bid to stop the increasing use of plastics in hiking routes, students of Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) on Tuesday cleared 16 shacks of plastic garbage from a hiking route in Nagarkot. Around 72 students from NATHM took the initiation and explored the hiking routes from Telkot to Nagarkot as part of their academic course.
“Plastics are toxic to the environment, and if we don’t clean the hiking trails, the tourists might get a bad impression,” said Bishnu Tamang, a young tourism entrepreneur who initiated the drive.
“We conduct hikes on various routes and trails near Kathmandu, and our motive is to clean the non-biodegradable wastes.”
The students’ efforts were appreciated. Santa Bahadur Wiba, Chairperson of Telkot Ward-6 said, “What the students did was truly commendable. We, the villagers, should learn a few things from them and start cleaning our villages by ourselves.”
Apart from picking plastics from the trekking route, students also requested the locals to stop throwing plastics and keep the trails clean.
According to the locals, around two dozens domestic and foreign hikers go through the route in Nagarkot. The number increases during the holidays, which means more wastes are thrown, the locals said.
Students dumped the collected garbage in Nagarkot, the ending point of the hike.
Published: 22-08-2018 07:24