The park administration was compelled to take this choice after vacationers started making graffiti on the wooden construction and performing stunts.
Dehradun: The Gangotri Nationwide Park has determined to put in CCTV cameras on the Gartang Gully, an historic pathway on a vertical ridge providing a skywalk expertise, on the Nelong valley in district Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand). The Gartang Gully was renovated and reopened for vacationers just lately. The park administration was compelled to take this choice after vacationers started making graffiti on the wooden construction and performing stunts.
The gallery was used for cross border commerce with Tibet until 1962, however after the Sino-India conflict, the gorgeous wooden construction had remained unused and in full neglect. For nearly six many years. It’s believed that the pathway is over a century-year-old, however no documentary proof is out there on the declare.
The wooden planks have been changed and the refurbished pathway was thrown open for guests on 17 August this yr. About half a dozen vacationers inscribed their identify with marker pen, coal and chalk on wooden planks including to the troubles of Gangotri Nationwide Park that undertakes the large process of sustaining the essential website. The difficulty grew to become scorching and commenced trending on social media. Even former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed anger over the behaviour of the vacationers and made a tweet, “Tourists deface 150-year-old Skywalk in Uttarakhand. Gartang gali skywalk.”
The Gangotri Nationwide Park administration has registered a police grievance towards unidentified miscreants in Uttarkashi for damaging authorities property. Rang Nath Pandey, Deputy Director of Gangotri Nationwide Park, mentioned, “About one thousand tourists have visited Gartang Gully so far after it was opened for tourists recently. After finding graffiti written on the wood structure we have registered a police complaint with the local police. To stop such practice we will be installing CCTV cameras in various locations on the pathway. We have asked the PWD to execute the installation as soon as possible.”
Positioned within the picturesque Nelong valley (additionally termed Nelang), the Gartang Gully is a 136 meter lengthy and 1.8-meter extensive oak wood-lined stairway. Pathans from Peshawar executed the difficult process by chiselling the exhausting rock space and creating an incredible and completely totally different wooden structure. The pathway gives a skywalk like expertise with the Jadh Ganga, also called Jahnavi and an necessary tributary of the Bhagirathi River, majestically flowing 200 Mts beneath. The 136 Mts path at an elevation of 10,000 toes above sea degree is a minimum of an architectural marvel.
Strolling on the Gartang Gully gives an actual thrill, with the guests getting a sense as if they’re strolling on clouds. One wants nice braveness to look on the Jadh Ganga river, flowing down, from the pathway.
Apart from graffiti, younger vacationers have been seen performing stunts on the pathway. This was a significant situation of concern for the park authorities. The two km trek for Gartang Gully begins from the Lanka bridge-on the Uttarkashi-Gangotri highway- and the forest division shall be endeavor a particular operation to put in CCTV cameras, as no electrical energy connection prevails within the Nelong valley. The park authorities shall be utilizing photo voltaic panels to energy the CCTV cameras.
Rajpal Bisht, who undertook the reconstruction work of the pathway, recollects, “It was not easy. Snowfall and high speed wind affected our work. Not many workers were willing to go there due to challenging conditions, so I had to select team members based on their courageous character, rather than their expertise on wood and iron fabrications.”
It was by no means simple for the Gangotri Nationwide park administration to get the work finished as a few contractors, after getting the contract, deserted the venture as a result of pandemic and likewise as a result of difficult state of affairs at Gartang Gully.
Earlier than the Indo-China conflict, merchants used to maneuver on the pathway with mules and yaks. Jaad Bhotiyas used to remain throughout summer season at Jadong and Nelong villages on the worldwide border. After the 1962 conflict, these villagers have completely settled at Dunda and Bagori in Uttarkashi and cross border commerce is now a factor of the previous.
Harsil resident Madhvendra Rawat says, “I have interacted with over a dozen elderly persons, who are in their 90s, from my village and they claim that the wood path was created by funds provided by local trader Dhani Ram. The passage was used for cross border trade only. The reopening of Gartang Gali will provide a new attraction to tourists in Uttarkashi. We are presently collecting and searching documents related to the history of the Gartang Gully.”
Leaving troops of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police/military, who’re stationed on the Nelong valley, and occasional go to of shepherds, the realm had remained out of bounds for the widespread public after the Chinese language aggression. In Might 2015, the Uttarakhand authorities determined to reopen the Nelong valley for vacationers and this yr the heritage path was renovated.
Journey professional and explorer Tilak Soni says, “The Gartang Gully is a unique cliff-side hanging-stairway. It has all the potential to become a major tourist attraction in India. Tourists visiting the gallery should behave properly and contribute to the conservation and promotion of the heritage wood pathway.”
The guests can attain the Gartang Gully by endeavor a 2 km trek from Lanka Bridge. Nelong valley is commonly termed because the Ladakh of Uttarakhand. Sadly, only a few paperwork can be found concerning the Nelong valley.
Making a touch upon the commerce at Nilang go, W Wilson narrates in his guide A summer season ramble within the Himalayas, revealed in 1860, “The little trade carried on over the Nelang pass is entirely in the hands of the inhabitants of that village, about thirty families of Tartars, who reside there during summer, and come down into Gurwhal in winter.”
Elaborating concerning the social life, W Wilson provides, “The Gurwhalees themselves rarely or never go into Thibet, and not one of them can speak the Tartar language. They take their grain to Nelang, and exchange it for salt with the Nelang people, and even should other Tartars be there, they are not allowed to exchange or trade with them. The Nelang people take the grain into Thibet, exchanging it for salt or wool, or the Thibetians come down to Nelang. Scarcely any other article of merchandise crosses this pass.”
Within the absence of documentary proof, massive confusion prevails concerning the age of the Gartang Gully pathway. No person can confidently declare when the pathway was created? In The seventeenth century the Nelong valley was the centre of the boundary dispute between the Garhwal and Bushahr (additionally spelt Bashshr) princely states. The 1919-20 settlement report exhibits 17 households dwelling at Jadhang and 58 others at Nelong.
After the reopening of the Gartang Guli, a giant curiosity exists amongst villagers and the forest division. They’re exploring all potentialities to acquire paperwork associated to the heritage pathway.
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