Uttarakhand | Heaps of plastic waste & garbage pile up on the stretch leading to Kedarnath as devotees throng for Char Dham Yatra pic.twitter.com/l6th87mxD9— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) May 22, 2022
Visuals on social media show the hilly terrain dotted with discarded plastic items. Local authorities have started forming quick response teams so that none of the waste enters the rivers - Bhagirathi, Yamuna, Alaknanda, and Mandakini.
Sincere request to the pilgrims to not reduce the essence of Char dham yatra with this kind of irresponsible behaviour. https://t.co/Yr6OXKOP2g— Rohan Saigal 🇮🇳 (@saigalrohan) May 23, 2022
All hilly Tourist places should have CAP on number of Local tourists & should start introducing Permit system.— Aashish (@kashmiriRefuge) May 23, 2022
Amarnath & Char Dham Yatra should have a capped permit system & ban of all non-degradable items.
Indian tourists & Yatris are destroying it
What's the point of Char Dham Yatra if one couldn't be sensible to the place, it's people and it's environment. Cleanliness is godliness?! 🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/IiKuXZeVot— Yogeesh Prabhuswamy (@yogeeshgp) May 23, 2022
Please ban plastic on char dham yatra and entire Himalayan region if possible 🙏 @NeerajCNBC @richaanirudh @drsureshpant @UTDBofficial all of you please raise the voice to save Himalaya and sanctity of char dham . 🙏 plastic is curse to nature. pic.twitter.com/s3nQ47kii6— CA. Ram Kumar Saraswat (@carksaraswat) May 23, 2022
Authorities expect a steep rise in footfall in the coming days due to the summer holiday season. The Char Dham Yatra will continue till November.