District advocacy workshop on water sanitation, hygiene held

Deputy Commissioner Avny Lavasa chairing a workshop at Leh.
Deputy Commissioner Avny Lavasa chairing a workshop at Leh.

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH, Mar 18: One day workshop on water sanitation and hygiene under the banner “Soch Badle Desh Badlega” for the officials of PHE, Health Department, Rural Development Department, Education Department, Social Welfare Department, Agriculture, PWD and Panchayat Department was held here today.
The workshop was organized by the Human and Rehabilitation Service J&K sponsored by the Communication and Capacity Development Unit, Department of PHE, I&FC, Government of India.
Deputy Commissioner/CEO, LAHDC, Leh Avny Lavasa presided over the workshop and while speaking she said that this is a very important campaign on water conservation which should not confine to a particular day or a programme but each and every one has to understand the magnitude of the present state of water and follow a deterrent way to save up water and its resources in day to day life.
“The booming tourism during the past 5-10 years has also contributed in degrading the environment of Ladakh”, she said and added that some important traditional practices which were in exercise within Ladakhi society are needed to be revived for proper preservation of the unique and fragile ecology of this region.
Giving example of few tainted tourist destinations like Shimla, Manali, Nainital, Mussoorie etc, Lavasa said that Leh is comparatively still under control and we can protect Leh with preventive actions rather than inviting corrective action. “If there is a modern innovative way for conservation of water, it can be put in place combine with traditional practices so that it would lead to address the water issues at local level”, DC added.
The experts gave presentations on the topic highlighting various threatening indications on water crisis under the sway of global warming and it was felt necessary to have a concrete policy on water conservation, water sanitation and hygiene as a preventive measure to address the issue before it is too late.
SE, PWD, CMO, and engineers and officers of PHE, Panchayat, Education and Social Welfare departments were also present during the workshop.