This is how Desi Way of Tourism is a threat to Tourism in Pakistan
- We have the greatest mountains with huge tourism potential and we can only prove us worthy of such generous gifts of nature by taking good care of them.
- Pakistanis strike back with their cleaning skills. Thousands of people visit various places in Pakistan but they don’t keep the tourism spots clean.
- Most of the tourists’ spots of Pakistan are being ruined by litter. The tourists do not bother picking their own trash and people think it is just trash and it won’t make a difference, but unfortunately, it does.
We all know that cleanliness is 50% of your belief but we are not ready to practically follow it yet. Wherever we go we find signboards that tell the visitors to keep the place clean.
The trash cans are also installed at the tourists’ spots and all it takes is just an effort to throw the garbage in the trash can but, visitors are unable to perform that hardest task.
This Is How We Are Valuing Our Heavenly Tourist Spots:
When it comes to social media, or if we ask someone their opinion, everyone will be no lesser than Aristotle in Pakistan. However, when it comes to basic ethics like cleaning your own waste or at least using trash cans, they have no idea what is it for.
The most attractive, fascinating and religious place in the federal capital, Faisal Mosque is losing its charm apparently due to lack of proper maintenance and pollution.
There is pollution at the Mosque in the forms of wrappers, disposable bottles and a lot of dust. The place had been the most favorite place for many people but now it is not and it is only due to pathetic and miserable conditions.
We have destroyed one of the most beautiful places in Pakistan. Lake Saif-Ul-Malook is filled up with garbage brought by the tourists there. It doesn’t take much effort or time to take the garbage in the same plastic bag you brought. But, all it takes is a little bit of sense of responsibility and ethics.
Pollution is a Problem All over Pakistan:
The last few years have seen a great surge in local tourism towards Pakistan’s beautiful northern areas. Of all the tourist destinations in northern Pakistan, Naran Valley is the most conveniently reachable destination and of course, the greatest attraction is the magnificent Lake Saif-Ul-Malook.
The other one is the Babusar Pass. It is the final point of Naran-Kaghan Valley and it is an unbelievably beautiful spot with its panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Five years ago, there were a handful of jeeps and half a dozen tea stalls but now, there are countless vehicles, dozens of ugly makeshift shops and on top of that, crude concrete construction.
The original beauty of Naran has been brutally attacked by tourism back. Earlier, it was all green with a lot of peace and calm and the place seemed far away from mainstream life.
Unfortunately, now people say that Naran is rubbish because Pakistanis have a habit of littering and damaging the environment wherever we go.
Beautiful beaches have been turned into filth depots, water streams falling over heaps of garbage and perhaps the most revolting site of all, used diapers floating in beautiful lakes.
This habit has nothing to do with education or financial status. We have all seen that plastic bag full of rubbish, thrown out of an expensive car. The bitter truth is that we as a nation don’t deserve a country as beautiful as Pakistan.
When the majority is ‘valuing’ their tourist spots, there are these people who are cleaning the mess. Sending out a positive message and requesting everyone to clean their garbage or at least use the litter boxes.
Terrible Fallouts for Local Communities:
In some instances, the impact of tourism, in the long run, has tarnished the original charm and economic prosperity of tourists’ spots.
Murree has lost its beauty and some locals observe that tourism has declined slightly in the last two years partly because of Murree’s degraded environment. Tourists have begun to head to cleaner and greener resorts and this is potentially a worrying situation for us.
The Khunjerab Pass is the world’s highest paved mountain pass that connects Pakistan with China. It is located within a national park however, tourists still fail to comply with instructions regarding proper waste disposal.
A food stall at the top of the pass sells biryani, snacks, and tea in plastic containers to tourists. The tourists throw these into the icy streams, and nobody stops them. Massive crowds in Pakistan are disturbing local communities and creating dangerous conditions for travelers.
This is the Time to Act! If Not Now, Then When?
The spectacular natural beauty and colorful ethnic culture of Pakistan have immense tourism potential. Pakistan’s Northern sites are home to fragile ecosystems which can be irreversibly damaged by a single season of unchecked tourism.
Here is What Should Be Done:
Singapore imposes a heavy USD 1,000 fine for first-time offenders, and a USD 3,000 fine, or jail, for third-time offenders. The threat of strict action has enforced a social code that does not allow littering.
We should figure out ways to change the social behavior of our population at least in areas where we want to create sustainable high-value tourism venues.
Pakistan also requires tour operators to undergo mandatory environmental awareness training and tour groups could be briefed about proper waste disposal.
All of the above measures should be undertaken to minimize environmental damage. The authorities could employ modern waste management facilities and impose strict and heavy fines for littering making sure that these fines are actually imposed.