'BlackHOLE', innovative waste disposal technology from the Tesla stable, to swallow the mountains of trash rising in step with a surge in tourist arrivals and it will form a backbone of the waste disposal system being rolled out due to the increase in tourism, which has set off alarm bells over the adverse impact on Ladakh's fragile ecology.
Tourist arrivals have risen from 1.8 lakh in 2011 to 2.8 lakh and is expected to touch 3 lakhs by the time the season ends around October, and this is generating around15-16 tonne of daily trash in a narrow arc covering the popular tourist haunts of Nubra valley in north-west Ladakh and Pangong-Tso and Tso-Moriri lakes in the east.“The local lifestyle doesn't generate much waste. It is the trash from tourism, mostly non-biodegradable, which weighs on Ladakh's environment. There's a 20-year backlog,” Leh deputy commissioner Avny Lavasa said.
“We have placed orders with Bengaluru-based Tesla Energy (an arm of US-based Tesla Green) for a plant with a daily capacity of one tonne and expect it in 2-3 months,” Lavasa said. “All of us have put our heads together. The BRO (Border Roads Organisation) has assured to buy the ash for building roads.”Due to the rugged terrain and a short window when roads remain open, sending trash to the plains for disposal is economically and geographically unviable, due to which, BlackHOLE appears to be a handy solution.