Clay bottles for tourists visiting Dalma Wildlife Reserve

In accordance with the rules, plastic is prohibited inside the park

Jayesh Thaker



Posted on 21.12.21, 22:16

Clay bottles have replaced plastic ones in Dalma Wildlife Reserve.

With plastic banned inside the picturesque elephant abode, 30 km from Jamshedpur, clay bottles made by villagers living inside the sanctuary and its outskirts are being sold to tourists. Besides clay bottles, plates and hats made from the leaves will also be sold to tourists from next month.

Honey collected by villagers living inside the shrine will also be sold. Tourists buy fresh honey from the villagers in good quantity by paying a pittance. Soon the honey will be sold at the information kiosk in packets and the price will be set accordingly.

The 1.25 liter clay bottle is priced at Rs 20.

“The use of plastic is prohibited inside the shrine. Clay bottles made by village potters are sold to tourists who flock to the shrine during the peak winter season. Items including clay bottles, hats and plates, will help the villagers earn some money,” said Dalma Range Officer (West) Dinesh Chandra.

According to him, the price of hats and plates will soon be fixed in consultation with the villagers. “Clay bottles are currently being sold near the Makulakocha counter. The items will then be sold from the information kiosk which is expected to open next month,” Chandra said.

The range officer said the plastic ban was strictly enforced inside the sanctuary. “Tourists visiting the shrine with plastic bottles are requested to deposit money at the counter. The money is refunded if they drop the bottles at the counter. For example, tourists are required to deposit Rs 20 to carry bottles in plastic bottles inside the sanctuary to deter tourists from throwing plastic bottles inside the reserve,” Chandra added.

Tourists also throw plastic and iron-on plates inside the 192 km2 shrine. So, leaf-based plates are a convenient option for them. “Unlike plastic items, clay bottles and leaf plates can be thrown inside the stash. The clay bottle promotion effort will also keep the sanctuary clean and tidy. The effort will also keep the environment clean,” Chandra said.

Tourists from Jharkhand, Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Chhattisgarh flock to the sanctuary in impressive numbers in winter. Villagers can sell tourist products made by them. The proceeds from the sale will go directly to them.

“We are helping the villagers to display their products at the entrance and later at the information booth. The villagers are happy with the initiative. Other products made by the villagers will be sold from next month,” said a forester on condition of anonymity.

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