The Indian district of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most scenic and incredible landscapes in the world, and its appeal also has a lot to do with its relatively under-developed character. However, its this very nature of the region that has added to its tourist appeal, and after the end of the Kargil War in 1999, the region has seen a huge boom in the number of tourists visiting. And with tourism comes consumption and large piles of garbage.
The difficulty of access, harsh weather conditions and rugged landscape has meant that disposing of all of the garbage produced by tourism has grown into a massive problem for the administration of Ladakh. Piles of garbage are gathering in key parts of Ladakh, including the district capital Leh, as well as tourist spots such as the Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake. The ecosystem is particularly fragile, and these changes could adversely affect the region. But it seems now that there is some hope for the garbage problem in Ladakh, thanks to a little-known company called TeslaGREEN.
It’s worth point out here that TeslaGREEN has nothing to do with Tesla, the manufacturer of electric cars run by tycoon Elon Musk. TeslaGREEN is an American company that builds energy and waste-disposal products, and has a corporate presence in India as well. The BlackHOLE is one of the company’s key products, and an order for this has been placed by the Ladakh district administration. The machine turns waste into ceramic ash, and according to a report by the Times of India, the district administration has been assured by the Border Roads Organization, a wing of the Indian Army that constructs roads in remote areas, that it will buy the ash for road construction.
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The BlackHOLE machine uses plasma heat decomposition technology to turn waste into ceramic ash, which has use in construction. The machine has low maintenance and operating costs, and can be used to process one tonne of waste daily. This will help in tackling some of the waste that accumulates across the region.