The wall painting adorning the facade of Shimla’s Orchid Hotel can’t fail to stir the conscience of reckless tourists as it has been created using around five lakh unwanted bottle caps along with carbon-free recycled plastic under the hotel’s “waste-to-wealth” initiative.
Pandemic has certainly evoked the response from environmental artists across the globe and Indian Queen of Hills is no exception. Placed by the natives of Shimla including school children and senior citizens, the mural happens to be approximately 275-feet-long and 15-feet-high. Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar recently inaugurated the initiative appreciating the idea of making the best out of the waste that too in the most viable way possible.
“Our festivals have also been made keeping in mind the environment. We worship trees in our culture. As the environment, tourism, and development sectors are all interlinked – the environment also has a huge impact on the global economy and the whole world is adopting our thoughts, traditions, and culture. We have to protect our culture,” he asserts.
Himachal has always been in the vanguards of creating awareness against littering and following strict rules against it in the country. To come up with this innovative idea, where people are waking about environmental issues and making the best out of plastic waste indeed command admiration.
According to Vithal Venkatesh Kamat, chairman and MD, Orchid Shimla, this out-of-the-box creative measure, “The Great Wall of Shimla” is indeed a great and resourceful initiative to conserve the environment, the idea was put to execution by the collective efforts of almost every member at the hotel because of their growing awareness towards the environment.
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