LEH, June 14: With the emergence of Ladakh as an independent tourist destination, a number of environmental issues began to crop up in Leh town and in surroundings.
The Centre for Research on Ladakh, in association with Tendrel Travel organized a function to raise the issues in which politicians, intellectuals, social workers including NGO’s and persons hailing from tour and travel, trade of the town attended. At the outset the launch of 5th edition of ” Ladakh Review” on water issue along with the unveiling of revised edition of “A Cultural History of Ladakh” compiled and edited by a prominent Ladakhi scholar Nawang Tsering Shakspo was performed by Pinto Norboo, a former minister in State Government.
On the occasion Dr Eshey Namgail, president, Municipal Committee, Leh Phunsog, former IGP, J&K Police and Gelong Thupstan Paldan, a Ladakhi scholar were also present.
The speaker highlighted various environmental related issues such as traffic jam, parking, drinking water issue and blockage of sewer pipes and dumping of garbage etc. of Leh town. The participants also highlighted the menace created by two snow leopard near Jamia Masjid, Leh in the early hours of June 13, in which the snow leopards killed a dog and partly eaten. It is said that one of the snow leopards was able to be caught by the staff of Wild Life Department, however, and the second one escaped. On that Dr Eshey, the President of Municipal Committee, Leh said that in recent year the number of stray dogs increased highly and the same is becoming a matter of concern for the resident of the town.
Speaking on the occasion Nawang Tsering Shakspo said that that Ladakh, particularly the Leh town is passing through tremendous socio-cultural transformation, hence, time has ripen to give proper thought for giving promotion and preservation of centuries old culture and way of life of the people. M. Abbas, Divisional Forest Officer, Leh, Tsetan Aangchuk, president, Tour and Travel Association of Leh also shed light on the prevailing condition of Leh town and on environmental issues.