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Ladakh has attracted bikers from all across India and the world.

Two years after it was separated from the parent state of Jammu and Kashmir and granted the Union Territory status, Ladakh is on crossroads over choosing between sustainable tourism and saving the fragile trans-Himalayan ecology.
Tourism has been steadily increasing in Ladakh over the last few decades and with every passing year, created an unviable strain on the local natural resources. While on the one hand, people want more tourists to come; on the other, environmental experts are wary of the negative impact it will have on the local environment.
A few days ago, when a video of a reckless tourist's four-wheeler stuck in the sludge at the shore of the serene Pangong Tso lake went viral on social media, there was a lot of hue and cry from all strata of people from Ladakh, in person, in media and also on the social media.

Monastry in Ladakh With its nature's bounty, Ladakh attracts a large number of tourists and the numbers have been increasing by the year. Photo by Steven Lasry on Unsplash

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Tourism has been steadily increasing in Ladakh over last few decades and with every passing year, created an unviable strain on the local natural resources. Photo by Sandeep Kr Yadav on Unsplash.

Two years after it was separated from the parent state of Jammu and Kashmir and granted the Union Territory status, Ladakh is on crossroads over choosing between sustainable tourism and saving the fragile trans-Himalayan ecology.

Tourism has been steadily increasing in Ladakh over last few decades and with every passing year, created an unviable strain on the local natural resources. While on the one hand, people want more tourists to come; on the other, environmental experts are wary of negative impact it will have on the local environment.

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Geothermal energy project to be developed in Ladakh. Pixabay

Energy major ONGC will implement India’s maiden ‘Geothermal Field Development Project’ in Ladakh.

A memorandum of understanding to formalise the plan has been inked between the ONGC Energy Centre (OEC) and the Union Territory of Ladakh and the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council.

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An important step by Home Minister Shah towards development of Ladakh. IANS

Home Minister Amit Shah has taken a big step forward to protect the development and language and culture of the Union Territory of Ladakh. The minister has decided to constitute a committee panel headed by the Minister of State for home G. Kishan Reddy on Wednesday. The committee will also address the problems of the UT, with the participation of local residents in the development of Ladakh.

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