SUBJECT :Supplementing its efforts as an eco-friendly tourism destination, Lachung would soon have portable water containers of 1 litre and 5 litre capacity made entirely from bamboo for tourists and visitors this coming tourism season. 

The prototype of the “bamboo water bottle”. Source: Sikkim Express

Gangtok, February 28, 2018: Supplementing its efforts as an eco-friendly tourism destination, Lachung would soon have portable water containers of 1 litre and 5 litre capacity made entirely from bamboo for tourists and visitors this coming tourism season.

Branded as ‘Khang Chu’ (fresh mountain water), the bamboo water bottles has been initiated as an alternative for visitors considering the ban on plastic mineral water bottles in Lachung since last year.

Lachung, located about 118 km away from Gangtok, is a premier tourism destination. The decision to prohibit plastic mineral water bottles was taken by the Dzomsa and local public. With total support from the local tourism stakeholders, the entire Lachung area and Yumthang Valley is devoid of the discarded plastic mineral water bottles despite tourism footfalls in thousands annually.

Now, water bottles made from bamboo is coming up as an eco-friendly alternative for visitors to Lachung as a collective initiative from the local public and stakeholders.

Thupden Lachungpa, a local from Lachung who is involved in the project, informed that coordination is being done with an expert from South Colorado for making bamboo water bottles. Three hundred pieces of bamboo has gone for treatment from about which 900-1200 bamboo water bottles would be made, he informed.

We are in the transition phase and we are trying to overcome the hurdles with support of our Pipons and our MP Rajya Sabha Hishey Lachungpa, said Thupden. He highlighted that bamboo is a local resource and grows fast, and as such, bamboo water bottles would supplement the collective efforts to make Lachung as an eco-friendly tourism destination.

The pilot project would be launched very soon and bamboo water bottles would be in the hands of tourists this coming tourism season, informed Thupden.

It is proposed to charge Rs. 200 for each bamboo water bottle. The tourist will get a refund of Rs. 180 after returning the empty bamboo water bottle, meaning that it cost only Rs. 20 at the end.

The tourist can also take home the bamboo water bottle as a souvenir at the cost price of Rs. 200.

“We will soon come up in bulk quantities of bamboo water bottle. It is a better alternative and eco-friendly than plastics and also engages the local people in a sustainable livelihood activity,” said Thupden.

He expressed that the eco-friendly form of water bottle should reach out to tourism stakeholders and people across the State.


Source: Sikkim Express