A noble cause by some responsible citizens in Nagaland is being taken up in one of the most beautiful spots of Nagaland, Dzuko Valley. Anungla, a freelance artist and nature lover has taken up the initiative of cleaning the Dzuko Valley as the beauty of the place is being affected by pollution and dirt. The spirited citizen said, ‘Presently, we are collecting signatures to strengthen the group and the cause. Towards the end of this month, we shall finish the campaign and take it to the government for their support by submitting the proposal.’ A nature lover at heart, Anungla observed that the problem has increased due to the lack of a proper system for garbage disposal. Tourists carry packaged food to the place and leave them there. Some have even started making graffiti on the rocks in the valley. ‘Why not leave the place as it is? Why do people mix artificial elements in such a beautiful natural place?’ she asked.
Though there are a lot of promotional videos of the beautiful valley, however, nobody talks about the issues that need to be highlighted. Local villagers take turns to clean up the areas. The state’s tourism department only promotes the place through videos and photos, but has never taken any real initiative to work on cleanliness programs for the place.
The initiator mentioned that they have presently two chapters in Nagaland and Manipur. After both the chapters collect signatures, the group has planned to start an online campaign worldwide where they plan to reach out people who have visited Dzuko Valley and ask them to support the cause.
Known as the Valley of Flowers, the Dzukou Valley is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the North East. Located at an altitude of 2450 meters, it is considered to be one of the most famous adventure spots in Kohima, Nagaland. It is located behind the Japfu range, another important travel destination for tourists in the state. Mostly visited during the full bloom season, the beauty of the valley is best appreciated when lilies in white and pink, aconitums, euphorbias, and hundreds of other botanical species in varied colours adorn the valley in monsoon.
By: Manjum Mahanta