India’s Swachh Abhiyan has reached Siachen, at elevations of upto 21,000 feet, where Indian Army has year round presence due threat from the adjusto the smaintains bases year around. This is also the world’s highest battlefield and our Army has to be combat and operation ready year around in tough terran and harsh weather conditions.
Naturally, quite a lot of waste, nearly 250 tons is generated each year. With the Swachh Abhiyan initiative many things are being done. Active recycling and disposal has been started for more than half the waste generated of which nearly 50 tons were biodegradable, 40 tons were non-mettalic and non-biodegradable and over 40 tons were recyclable mettalic waste. Waste that is burnt is turned into manure and sent to the fields. Troops living in harsh conditions, are even being asked to reduce garbage and increase disposal. Each army person carries 8 to 10 kgs downstream for proper disposal. The army is working with local villages to have barrels painted for different types of waste collection, disposal, and much more.
And lest we forget, all this is happening at miserable conditions at above 15,000 feet.
- 25 Sep 2019