Popular Scenic Spots have been Turned Into Dumps Due To Littering By Visitors, however, there are few groups who are cleaning these beautiful waterfalls site from this garbage.
Belagavi is blessed with natural beauty in its surroundings and most of the waterfalls, known and the so not very known have become dumps due to littering by visitors. The western Ghats as numerous waterfalls big and small but no one wants to save them for the future, each one just wants to enjoy, litter, and go away.
Tourists visiting these places throw plastic, wrappers and liquor bottles, tetra packs near the waterfalls. Many times, the broken pieces of bottles hurt cattle as well as villagers, who drink from these waterfalls.
At this time of year, traveling, down the ghats you are treated to the sight of rows of white streams descending, eager groups of day-trippers get down to experience the waterfalls up close. On weekends these crowds get huge.
With these crowds come chaos and accidents. Every monsoon sees casualties, often fatal, at waterfalls. And there is garbage galore. It isn’t just the plastic proliferation seen around every Indian tourist site.
Villagers who live near waterfalls said that garbage not only pollutes the streams but is also a safety hazard, with glass shards from discarded bottles injuring people. Drunken tourists are at a greater danger of accidents, and also could cause trouble for others. Plastic and glass pieces are washed downstream and cause problems.
Studies have shown how humans are fascinated by water in motion, and waterfalls offer the most dramatic examples. Waterfalls are multisensory – apart from the dramatic sight and the sound, the spray they throw up drenches our skin and carries the taste of water into our mouths.
No wonder then that crowds gather at waterfalls in the monsoon, seeking the purifying and titillating thrill of waterfalls. But the physical pollution that they leave is a problem that must be tackled.
For cleaner Waterfalls:
- Don’t carry plastic, especially single-use plastic and never Dump at the Falls site.
- Collect whatever garbage has been generated and dispose of it in proper bins once in habitation.
- Carrying food in reusables and Carrying own water.
- Carrying garbage bags to bring back garbage if any
- Those people who play loud music and dance semi-nude must be fined/punished.
- Put up signboards with strict warnings Not to litter at every waterfall
- Install garbage bins
- Ban alcohol at tourist spots
- Ask the police to patrol the area and crack down on the use of narcotics and alcohol
We love waterfalls for their display of natural, liquid energy, and the least we can do is manage our own energies around them.