A video has emerged on the internet showing an Audi Q3 SUV being driven on the shores of the Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh with two people hanging out of the car’s sunroof. What’s more, the SUV wades past a table covered with bottles of liquor and snacks, which also seems to have been kept there by the persons in the video.
Take a look at the video –
I am sharing again an another shameful video . Such irresponsible tourists are killing ladakh . Do you know? Lada… https://t.co/ana5j9bKq0
— Jigmat Ladakhi 🇮🇳 (@nontsay) 1649529280000
The car bears an HR registration number, hinting that the alleged perpetrators are actually tourists. “Such irresponsible tourists are killing ladakh . Do you know? Ladakh has more than 350 birds species and lakes like Pangong are home to many bird species. Such acts may have risked the habitat of many bird species,” says Jigmat Ladakhi, a local.
The video enraged netizens, with people demanding strict action be taken against the offenders. However, it is certainly not the first time someone has been caught damaging the nature for a few moments of pleasure. With the road and highway infrastructure in a much more advanced state than it has ever been, Ladakh has become a popular tourist destination.
Tourism has left a negative impact on Ladakh’s environment. The Union Territory is home to tons of species of flora and fauna – many of which could be on the verge of extinction because of climate change. The large volume of wastes that tourists generate is adding to the woes of the region, and pollutes both land and water. Ladakh is certainly not the only popular tourist destination that is facing environmental damage. Coastal tourist spots, especially beaches also witness SUVs and other vehicles being driven recklessly. What many fail to realise is the damage to wildlife is irreparable.
We believe that strict laws need to be enforced to prevent such acts of hooliganism, and the preservation of nature. Let us know how you feel about this incident in the comments down below – Source