LEH: The 15-day long Eco Pad-Yatra of over 100 people including monks, students and laypersons led by Skyabje Thuksras Rincpochey concluded with a grand valedictory at Khaltse on Thursday.
On the occasion, Executive Councillor LAHDC Leh, Tsering Wangdus was the Chief Guest, who along with Skyabje Khamtak Rincpochey received the Pad-Yatra members as they reached Khaltse Gonpa from Skindyang village.
This is 14th Eco Pad-Yatra organised by ‘Live to Love’ to spread awareness among environmental issues and pollution that is affecting everyone’s life in today’s rapidly changing era.
Started on 29th June from Naro Photang Hemis, the Yatra passed through several villages including Rambirpur, Shey, Skara, Leh, Leh-Bazaar, Phey, Nimmo, Ney, Yangthang, Hemishukpachan, Skindyang and Khaltse and cleaned these areas besides imparting awareness about issues related to the environment.
During the course of their Yatra, members collected as many as 200 sacks of garbage from these areas and brought them along for proper disposal.
Appreciating Live to Love to spread awareness about environmental issues in Ladakhi villages by walking on foot, Executive Councillor Tsering Wangdus assured all support for Live to Love in this regard.
Wangdus said that LAHDC is also taking various steps such as the garbage segregation plants of Solar Colony Choglamsar, Nubra and some other place to reduce waste and also to ensure proper disposal of wastes.
“I am very happy that it has been concluded successfully,” Skyabje Thuksras Rincpochey said while briefing about the objective of conducting such Yatras. He informed that Eco Pad-Yatra was started by Skyabgon Drukpa Rinpoche over a decade ago and over years, Live To Love Yatras nationally as well as internationally were conducted besides in Ladakh.
Expressing concerns over environment in Ladakh getting degraded, Rinpoche advised that the environment must be protected by all.
Padma Chosdol, an MA Student also joined the Yatra as she was on her summer holidays. “I just want to do something worthwhile during summer holidays and I am thankful to the organisers that I could be a part of this great initiative,” Chosdol said.
Councillor Tingmosgang Tsering Morup and Councillor Khaltse Lobzang Sherap were also present on the occasion and school children attired in traditional dress presented a colourful cultural performance.
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