Leh, Apr 17: To give a final touch to the Council’s decision to impose ban on importing mineral water bottles in Leh district and to find alternative solutions to meet out the drinking water requirement in coming tourist season, a meeting of the stakeholders was held under the chairmanship of Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh Rigzin Spalbar here today.
Reiterating Council’s decision to ban mineral water bottles from current tourist season, the Chief Executive Councilor, said that no individual interest or issues will be taken into consideration in implementing the decision successfully . He said that the dual objective of this decision is to make Ladakh region free from empty mineral water which is becoming one of the main source of polluting substance for fragile ecosystem of Ladakh region. The other purpose of this initiative was to provide employment opportunities to the unemployed youths of Leh by establishing Mineral Water Plants by their own.
Elaborating the Council decisions taken three months took, the CEC, informed the meeting that from the current tourist season the mineral water dealers are allowed to supply 20 Ltrs mineral water bottles. Mr. Spalbar directed Administrator Municipality, Leh Tsering Murup to fix a minimum criteria for the locals who would come up for supply of drinking water to the consumers so that quality of the water could be maintained.
The CEC urged upon the stakeholders to support the NGO like PAGIR in establishing plant for preparation and supply of drinking water to the consumers which would help to boost the economic condition of the NGO which works for upliftment of the physically challenged persons in this region.
The meeting was attended by ADC, Leh / Administrator Municipality, Leh Tsering Murup, J&K Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Leh Dorjey Angchok, President Hotel Association Leh , Joint Secretary, ALTOA, Leh, President PAGIR, Mohd Iqhal and owners of Mineral Water Plants in Leh.