Ladakh, commonly known as the roof of the world, is a major tourist attraction. The region attracts nearly 3 lakh tourists per year during its season which lasts from April to October. While this is great for the economy of the region, the influx of tourist brings with it an immediate need for garbage management.
Garbage pile-up, due to the influx of tourists is a major challenge that threatens the delicate ecology of the region. 15-16 tonnes of trash is expected to be generated per day in the popular tourist zone of Nubra valley in north-west Ladakh and Pangong-Tso and Tso-Moriri lakes in the east.
Leh deputy commissioner Avny Lavasa said, “The local lifestyle doesn’t generate much waste. It is the trash from tourism, mostly non-biodegradable, which weighs on Ladakh’s environment.” There’s a 20-year backlog, in terms of waste disposal Lavasa added.
As one of the solutions to address this pressing concern, BlackHOLE, Tesla’s innovative waste disposal technology is being summoned. BlackHOLE works by using plasma heat decomposition technology to turn waste into ceramic ash. This ash in-turn can be used in the construction of roads and houses.
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Additionally, Lavasa plans to replace the existing dump areas – some of which are near towns – to primary segregation centres at Choglamsar near Leh, Diskit in Nubra and Nimmu, 35 kms south of Leh, to separate dry and wet waste.