100 days ‘challenge’ for Thembang to make it zero-waste village

100 days ‘challenge’ for Thembang to make it zero-waste village

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: In order to restore the ethics and beauty of the proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site – Thembang, a team from the department of Tourism, GoAP initiated a community based waste management program at Thembang with a three-day Thembang Heritage Festival to start from April 18 next.

A team of resource persons included Dr Sanjay K Gupta, waste management expert and founder of Care North East, Merwyn Coutinho, Founder of Further and Beyond Foundation., Project Coordinator, Thembang zero waste village and his team member Ittisha Sarah, Millo Ankha along with the departmental officials.

Dr Gupta, in his address to the villagers, spoke about the destructive habits villagers engaged in their day to day lives like littering and burning of waste which collectively hampers the surroundings and urged the villagers to cooperate in coming days and help the team make Thembang not just a clean, safe and a zero waste village but also to restore the architectural heritage of Thembang.

The team made a detailed assessment on three main factors – waste disposal (dry & wet), sanitation and drainage and came up with a conclusion of 100 days plan.

After bottling down the observations and discussions, the team arrived at certain conclusions about putting forward a plan for the village. Dr Gupta and the team initiated their first phase of the Thembang zero waste village – 100 days challenge.

On 12th April last a clean-up drive was conducted by the villagers, the team and administrators of the circle. A waste management team amongst the community was identified. Detailed job descriptions were assigned to the team to manage the cleanliness of the village.

The team aims to achieve a ‘Clean Thembang’ by September 2018. The efforts are being made by the community to restore the beauty of this fortified village with a rich heritage that has a history of wars that dates back to 8th century and a cultural lifestyle heavily influenced from Tibet and Bhutan.

The Monpa Bapu community prepares itself to host the upcoming Thembang Heritage Festival.

A core committee comprising of members from local communities, Raj Basu from ACT, Merwin and Team and Bengia Manna Sonam, ADT and Eileen Lowangcha, TIO West Kameng representing department of Tourism have decided that dustbin for dry waste and wet waste will be provided to every household, engagement of volunteers to be supported by department of Tourism to collect waste from each and every household and segregation of the waste.

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