Srinagar, June 30: Local volunteers from villages on the outskirts of Baramulla have teamed up to clean up the Shranzfall, a tourist spot in this northern Kashmir district.
Shranzfall is the main source of drinking water for the people of the Kreeri belt in addition to the population living around Nigli Nala and Kandi area of Baramulla district.
The famous waterfall has the potential to generate hydroelectricity and can be declared a tourist destination provided the government prepares a roadmap for its development.
Surrounded by green cover, Shranzfall remains a main attraction for visitors visiting the Tangmarg and Gulmarg area of Baramulla district.
On Sunday, local volunteers from adjacent villages in Shranzfall conducted a day-long cleanliness campaign to educate visitors on keeping the tourist destination neat and clean to preserve its pristine glory.
The cleanliness campaign was jointly organized by around 40 people, including teachers, students and an official from the Baramulla district administration.
The first cleanliness campaign in the Shranzfall area was led by four local youths from the adjacent area, which inspired young people from other villages to organize cleanliness campaigns, a routine exercise to keep the area free from pollution.
“These campaigns are a wonderful opportunity for people’s participation and they are major ways to raise awareness about the importance of cleanliness in our environment,” said Umar Rashid Bhat, a teacher who was one of the participants in the campaign. of cleanliness.
For people residing in and around Baramulla, visiting a nearby Shranz waterfall is one of the best weekend getaways.
“Every time I visit this waterfall, I feel bad because 99% of visitors leave behind a pile of trash and show no interest in cleaning up the area,” Bhat said.
With a slogan “Take back your trash,” the volunteer urged visitors to pack up their trash when leaving the destination and dispose of it in appropriate places.
“It was an opportunity to educate visitors about the cleanliness of our environment and this campaign has helped a lot so far in generating civic sense among the masses,” said Umar Bhat.
Another volunteer said the cleanliness campaign was done to make the masses aware that they should care about the cleanliness of the place.
“This cleanliness awareness campaign is going to make a difference and as a responsible citizen, we feel it is our moral duty to have such campaigns,” said Mehraj Sufi, a teacher who participated in the campaign. of cleanliness.