A Sikkim man has been able to manage the waste at Tsomgo Lake by making it litter-free. For over a decade, Sangay Lama has had the dream of keeping a lake litter-free. Lama, who lives in Thegu village in Sikkim ensures that the pristine Tsomgo lake with its environs is litter-free.
The 37 years old man founded the Tsomgo Pokhri Sanrakshan Samiti which is a lake conservation committee. This committee had different representatives from the World Wide Fund, the state Forest department, environment and wildlife management officials, shop owners’ association, a drivers’ association, and gram panchayats in 2008. The goal was simply to protect the oval-shaped lake.
The Tsomgo lake is also known as Changu. It is located at an altitude of 12,406 feet, which is around 40 kilometers from Gangtok and 16 kilometers from the Nathu La pass. This connects Sikkim with China’s Tibet Autonomous District.
According to the information Lama shared with The Better India, every waste gathered in the region is collected in specific bins. A truck is dedicated to collecting waste at least twice a day. This is done around 8 am and 4 pm. There are about 52 stores that sell food items, handicrafts, and some other commercially profitable things.
Each of these stores generates about 4 kilos of dry waste with 2 kilos of wet waste. After the truck gathers the waste, then they are being disposed of at the 32, Martam Dumping and Recovery Centre.
This mission has been accomplished by Sangay Lama through dedication, hard work, and support from the conservation committee. The Tsomgo lake has been protected and has become litter-free through Lama’s vision that has spanned over ten years. Each representative of the committee ensures that the water body is properly conserved. Waste is properly gathered and disposed of.