Meghalaya: Good Samaritans undertake cleaning drive at Baghmara Reserve Forest

Beer, whisky bottles and plastic packets found littered everywhere in the forest area
Meghalaya: Good Samaritans undertake cleaning drive at Baghmara Reserve Forest
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The malaise of littering and open alcohol picnics in various tourist spots and reserves came to the fore again after many good Samaritans visited the Baghmara Reserve Forest in South Garo Hills (SGH) for a clean-up job.

The cleaning drive that was undertaken today within the Reserve Forest began this morning with volunteers from Gokagre and Karukol villages.

However, with one entire pick-up truck filled to the brim, the work was far from over.

Beer, whisky bottles and plastic packets found littered everywhere in the forest area required a lot of picking up as the entire area resembled a garbage dump rather than a protected area.

“We will be coming back again next week to try and clear out the mess once again. There were thousands of alcohol bottles littered everywhere. Hopefully, we will be able to clear the mess the next time,” said one Sengkush Sangma, who was part of the cleaning party.

Garo Hills, over time, has seen many popular areas in the various districts become victims of littering, mostly from people looking for a place to party.

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