Gangtok: Indian Army personnel of Trishakti Corps on Friday (July 7) took part in a cleanliness cum plantation drive at the tourist hotspot of Tsomgo Lake and adjoining areas in Sikkim’s Gangtok district, an official said. The cleanliness cum plantation drive was part of the ‘Olive green defending green’ initiative. The event marked the culmination of a series of environmental awareness campaigns and cleanliness drives undertaken by troops of the Hilli Brigade from June 2023 onwards, the official said.
The initiative was undertaken by Hilli Warriors in coordination with various stakeholders including the Department of Forest & Environment, the Government of Sikkim, Chips market committee representatives, Sikkim Police representatives, and members of the local panchayat committee of village Chhangu.
A joint interaction was carried out with senior forest officials by Indian Army officials.
Issues related to waste management, water conversation, tourist behaviour and the need for environmental conservation for future generations were discussed. A pledge to adopt sustainable environmentally friendly practices to safeguard the environment was undertaken by all participants.
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