Sahyadri trekking locations over crowding what is the solution?

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    Over the last 10 years most trekking spots have become super over crowded .

    Harihar Overcrowding 2017

    This is making the trekking locations

    • unsafe – small pathways
    • unhygenic – due to garbage

    Lots to Prominent trekkers shared their views for the last two years. Hope everyone can work to a good solution for all the sahyadri trekkers


    Madhukar Dhuri: similar to this entry to all forts and heritage monuments should be restricted by means of pre authorization by forest dept. joint forest management committee which has local villagers can verify this at ground.

    The Tern Travellers: I have something in my mind to share.
    Can be there be a proper system fit like issuing permits for each locations as per it’s capacity and a capping for each group with a proper Lead-participant ratio by merging the locals, governing body, Organisers.

    This shall be done online as it is done for Wildlife safaris. And strict rules shall be implemented for those who do not follow.
    These were the points I had in mind:

    1. An online permit issuance system for all treks and forts (as per it’s capacity) 1 permit = 8 participants + 1 leader
    2. Proper Lead-participant ratio while booking the permits and checking on the desired location
    3. Like forest guard there can be Mountain guards
    4. Each organising group should be given a Cap of 32-40maximum (that is 4-5 permits)
    5. All the leaders leading shall be qualified and certified (perhaps the online system asks for it’s registration numbers of the company and the leader)

    I think this can not only minimize the group sizes but also the permit collected by the government shall be use for conservation of these places.

    1. Who would be the mountain guards
    2. How can one track if the money is being used for conservation of the place
    3. How does the governing body monitor groups on treks.

    A lot can be discussed further on this.

    > पाऊलवाट ही एकच असल्याने ‘पहिला मैं पहिला मै’ करण्यासाठी अनेक वाटा बनवतात. त्यात नव्याने उगवणाऱ्या झाडांचा, वनस्पतीचा ट्रेकर्सच्या झुंबडी येऊन येऊन त्यांच्या पायाखाली चिरडून जीव जातो.

    > मानवी विष्ठा ही दुसरी समस्या. गडाच्या आजूबाजूला साहजिक लोकं नैसर्गिक विधीला जातात. एकाच वेळी एवढे लोकं उघड्यावर बसले तर त्याचो विघटन व्हायला १० दिवस जात असतील. पण ते दहा दिवस जाण्याआदीच पुढचा रविवारी येतो मग पुन्हा तेच तेच. मग गडाला पण हा दुर्गंध आवडत असेल का?

    > कुठल्याही वस्तूची एक क्षमता (कॅरिंग कॅपॅसिटी) असते. या क्षमतेच्या त्यापलीकडे अजून जोर त्या वस्तूवर दिला तर ती वस्तू तुटू शकते. गडावरील वास्तू पण अशाच आहेत.

    > प्रत्येक येणार ट्रेकर कमीत कमी एक प्लॅस्टिकची वस्तू तरी आणतो. त्यानंतर त्यापैकी अनेक किंवा काही प्लॅस्टिकचा कचरा गडावर टाकला जातो. मग प्लॅस्टिकच्या अशा अनेक गोष्टी गडावर आणि त्याच्या आजूबाजूला टाकलेल्या दिसतात. (अर्थात काही ठराविक ट्रेकींग ग्रुप्स प्लॅस्टिकचा किंवा इतरही कचरा गडावर न टाकण्याचा नियम कडेकोटपणे पाळतात)

    > देव ना करो पण अशा गर्दीत एलफिन्स्टन रेल्वे स्टेशनसारखी चेंगराचेंगरीची दुर्दैवी घटना झाली तर त्याला जबाबदार कोण?

    > वेळीच सावध व्हा आणि दुसऱ्यांना पण करा. ट्रेकर्सनी असे ट्रेक करताना नेहमी ‘प्लॅन बी’ (आजूबाजूचा दुसरा गड) तयार करून ठेवावा. त्यामुळे नियोजित गडावर गर्दी वाटल्यास ‘प्लॅन बी’नुसार ट्रेक करता येईल.

    > गड किल्ले डोंगर कुठे जात नाही. या आपल्या हव्यासापोटी निसर्ग आणि गड-किल्ल्यांना गुदमरू देऊ नका.

    – नितेश जाधव
    (रिकाम ‘ट्रेक’डा)

    जीव गुदमरतोय गडांचा काही दिवसांपूर्वी पुण्यात मग मुंबई मध्ये बहुतेक एक मिटिंग झाली त्यात बहुतेक ट्रेकिंग करणारे…

    Posted by रिकाम "ट्रेक" डा- Rikam "Trek" Da on Monday, June 24, 2019


    Mumbai Hikers suggestions
    Start information and registration booths at all base villages.
    Booths will help register groups going to fort destination.With online google forms in advance or on site via mobile google forms(just suggestion there may be better options) .

    Benefits of Group Registration at Base village
    1) Help accurately count total number of traffic to each destination.Help Plan better facilities after studying the flow and numbers to each fort.
    2) Rescue teams will be able to monitor groups easily as they will get contact no and time of departure of each group online
    3) Register new trek groups and leaders and get them into the trek leaders community.
    Formalization of the guide system
    1) Info booth will register all the guide and cost and assign guides .payment can be done in cash to the guide or online (needs locals to open bank accounts ).guide can be assigned in advance with advance payment online .


    Rajas Deshpande: see social media, you will know how many groups are going on particular fort. if more than 3 groups are going, avoid that trek..
    take ppl unknown routes, forts.there are more than 500 forts, and 1000 routes.

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