Advisor Narula reviews preparations for Chadar Trek

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/7/2020 10:11:20 AM

LEH, Jan 6: Advisor to Lt. Governor, Ladakh, Umang Narula convened a meeting to review the preparations for Chadar Trek 2020.
Commissioner Secretary Tourism Rigzin Sampheal, Divisional Commissioner Ladakh Saugat Biswas, IGP Ladakh S.S Khandare and DC/CEO, LAHDC, Leh Sachin Kumar and other senior officers from Administration, Army and Air force participated in the meeting.
The Advisor was briefed regarding the preparations for Chadar Trek 2020 made by the Administration, with the main objectives of ensuring the safety of the trekkers and mitigating the impact, of the trek on the environment. IGP Ladakh informed that mobile wireless handsets would be provided to all groups to ensure that they remain in constant communication.
The Advisor was informed that two rescue Helipads will operate from Tiv and Shingra, enroute the trek to deal with medical emergencies. Adm. Commandant Stn. Hqr. LSA 14 Corps assured that Army will activate the General Hospital, Helipad of army during the entire trek period to receive emergency cases. A decision was taken to deploy SDRF along with trained hired locals to undertake the rescue operations in coordination with the District Administration and Air Force.
The Advisor instructed mapping and cordoning off of vulnerable sites along the trek where the formation of ice is less or weak. He instructed that a SOP should be issued to ensure the safety of the trekkers, which should cover all aspects such as Communication, First Aid, GPS, Smoke Candles and Orange Cloths for all tour operators besides other health and safety measures.
It was also decided that the Health Department should devise a Advisory for Hypothermia cases which should be followed by the trekkers and their guides. It was informed that Wild Life Department is already regulating the waste footprint of the trekkers by taking steps to ensure that the trekkers collect waste and bring it back on their return from the trek.
The Advisor directed the Wild Life warden to strictly ensure the same. Regarding the disposal of human waste, it was informed that pre-fab toilets with deep dug pits are installed along the trek to ensure safe disposal of human waste. The Advisor suggested that bacterial intervention should be attempted to ensure decomposition of the human waste.

 

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