With the season in this hill station now in its final phase, a view gaining ground, particularly among green activists, is that the district and civic authorities should put in place a stocktaking exercise to assess the impact of the heavy inflow of tourists over the past few weeks on the environment.
The view has been triggered by a growing fear that the problems relating to litter and accumulation of garbage, especially during summer, are getting out of hand and the main contributory factor is the insensitivity of certain classes of tourists to the unique ecology of the holiday destination.
With rotting garbage and all kinds of litter having become a common sight in various parts of the town, including residential areas, the activists are of the view that a thorough assessment will help the authorities initiate damage control measures and also promote responsible tourism.V. Sivadass of The Nilgiris Environment and Cultural Service Trust (NEST)lamented that tourists travelling with cooking accessories not only made public areas and forests filthy but also posed a serious threat to the flora and fauna.
‘Tourists coming with cooking accessories make public areas filthy’