The picturesque Dzükou Valley in Nagaland has been declared as a no-plastic zone.
The Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO), in affirmation to its pledge to preserve and protect the environment, declared the Dzükou Valley a plastic-free zone.
Nagaland’s adviser to youth resources and sports department Zale Neikha made the official declaration after unveiling a monolith on the National Highway 2 beside the entry point into the valley in Viswema village on Wednesday.
Neikha described Dzükou Valley as one of the most valuable assets of Nagaland besides being a tourist hotspot and the most sought-after destination in the state.
He lauded SAYO for its insightful initiative to protect the valley. “God bestowed us the unique landscape and ecosystem (Dzükou) and made the people of the region its custodians,” he said and urged all the organisations of the area to take active participation in preserving the picturesque valley.
According to the legislator, the people of the Southern Angami area should take ownership of the SAYO initiative to enforce a plastic-free zone in the valley and set exemplary role by refusing to use, take along or irresponsibly dispose plastic materials. “To have a clean environment, we need to start from ourselves,” Neikha said.
He also urged the departments concerned to assist in taking up developmental works in the valley without causing harm to the environment, towards creating avenues for improvement of the economy at large.