Nandankanan National Park, A Pride Paradise under Plastic Garbage
Nandankanan National Park, A Pride Paradise Under Plastic Garbage Kumar Deepak (Environmentalist)
Introduction: Established in 1960 Opened for public in 1979 Area covering 400 Hectares of Chandaka Forest Including the Kanjia Lake, an area of 54 Hectare Place: Bhubaneswar, Orissa
Date: 6 October 2012Visited the Nanadankanan National Park… It is a wonderfulecosystem to visit & Its my privilege to visit such greenparadise in the heart of the Bhubaneswar, the Capital cityof the State of Orissa…I appreciate the Management oversome of the aspects of structural arrangements…Its beenone of the most popular Natural Ecosystem comprising theChandaka Forest & Kanjia Lake…Kanjia Lake is the favoriteNauka Vihar(Boating) site for the Visitors…The Pictorial Hording was the center of attraction forme…This was so easily specified the Waste on the basis ofits Nature of Biodegradability, Non-Biodegradability &others…Those who will carry polythene Bag inside Premiseof the Park, would be fined with Rs. 100…
It can satisfy the experts those are working to reduceplastic waste in not only such natural habitat but alsoother places as well…But as I stepped forward to enter inside the EcologicalHabitat the mismanagement of the National Park Authoritywas completely exposed…It was disappointing to observe thepathetic state of waste management within the premises ofthe National park itself…The area passing the Toy Train Track & alongside of theKanjia lake having a long wetland areas covered under ahuge amount of Plastic Waste…The side along the Lake sideof the Toy Train Track is supposed to be the heaven groundof dumping of such huge amount of plastic waste…There aresome expressive pictures, would express the malign storyof mismanagement & mal-administrative conduct within thepremise of the Nandankanan…
It’s the pathetic & disturbing site to watch…The Rightside of the toy track was completely trashed with theplastic garbage…& this was intentionally being done…Theentire garbage which is produced within the premise of theNational Park is being committed all over the right sideof the toy train track…When I asked some of the employee working within thepremise of the National Park, were unable to respond…WhenI asked,”why such huge amount of Plastic Waste is notbeing carried away daily outside the premise of theNandankanan?”Despite of the fact I had observed such amount of plasticgarbage within the premise, they were defending themselveson oral ground…It was amazing to observe that thousands ofVisitors including some of the State Officers visit theNandankanan, they won’t even resist such autocratic natureof the National Park Authority…
Consequences of such Plastic Waste:• Nearby Left side is the habitat of Peacocks & some of the local birds under the lethal impact of such plastic waste.• Right side is Kanjia lake & a long wetland areas which is severely under threat of dispersion of such plastic dumps due to wind & even such dispersion is being going on with an extremely rapid rate.• Suicidal for the wetland areas.• Suicidal for the Endangered species those are being nourished within the premise.
Generation of Plastic Garbage:• Civic unawareness• Administrative Mismanagement• Mishandling of Plastic Waste• Deficit strategy of proper & Sustainable Plastic Waste Management• Lack of Efficient & intellect officials & Employees• Absent of Green Volunteers within the premise• Eco-Tourists easily carry the plastic with themselves, no prohibition to stop entering such plastic trashes.• No Effective strategy to punish the plastic carriers or tourists carrying the plastic bags.
Objective of this slide:I have no malafide intention to malign the pride EcologicalTourist destination of the State of Orissa…What I haveobserved such state of heavy plastic waste mismanagement,might bring serious disappointments to the visitors like me…I warmly pledge to the people to obey the rule of conduct ®ulations about carrying plastic bags within the premise…The authority should appoint volunteers in an efficientnumbers to disseminate such massages to the visitors insidethe Nandankanan…The National Park Authority should take stringent actionsagainst those violating the rules…The Authority should facilitate daily disposal of the plasticwaste generated within the premises of the National Park…
Pledge:Lets join from today to protect & conserve such ecologicalemblem of pride from such serious anthropogenicintervention…Our civic sense would bring a dynamictransition & it would cooperate the State Authoritywherever such National Park irrespective of AdministrativeMismanagement, to create ZERO-PLASTIC Ground…The Authority should build up a proper plan structure tocreate an environment of Zero-Plastic Ground…They shouldfacilitate daily transportation of such plastic wasteoutside of the premises to the Recycling sites…Go Green!