'Govt, SASB aimed at zero waste this year '

TNN Bureau. Updated: 6/23/2024 3:49:37 AM Front Page

Srinagar: The Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched various Swachh Bharat initiatives of the Directorate of Rural Sanitation for Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra 2024 at Raj Bhawan today, aiming for a zero-waste pilgrimage this year.
In his address, the Lt Governor commended the Directorate of Rural Sanitation for their efforts. He highlighted the launch of a new logo, Swachh Yatra Anthem, website, and mobile application, all designed to support the zero-waste objective for the pilgrimage.
he emphasized the integrated strategy of the UT Administration and Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board, which aims for a clean and efficient sanitation system while protecting natural resources and the environment. He stated, “J&K is at the forefront of promoting sustainable tourism. For this holy Yatra, we have worked a solution through fusion of technology and human resource.”
The new logo, ‘शिवसंकल्पमस्तु,’ symbolizes the resolve to make the Yatra memorable. The dedicated website, shivamsankalpamastu.in, and the Nandi- the Yatra Saarthi App, will provide accurate information related to the Yatra and sanitation.
Lt Governor Sinha also praised the initiatives aimed at raising awareness among pilgrims and stakeholders. He said the anthem ‘Chal Amarnath’ symbolizes the convergence of spirituality, natural heritage, and ecology.
The Lt Governor called upon officials and all stakeholders to prioritize the installation of all necessary facilities for the annual Yatra. He emphasized the need to sensitize sanitation workers on cleanliness and hygiene, with special attention to environment-friendly disposal of solid waste, and ensuring piped water, power connection, lighting, and availability of necessary facilities at all toilets.
The launch ceremony was attended by Dr. Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board; Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Secretary of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Department; Anoo Malhotra, Director General of Rural Sanitation, and other senior officials.

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