Audi driver wades through Pangong Lake in Ladakh, invites ire on social media
A video has emerged online showing an Audi Q5 SUV being driven on the shores of Pangong Lake in Ladakh. The video reveals that the driver is driving the luxury SUV in a manner that its wheels are half-submerged in water. The popular tourist destination is considered ecologically highly sensitive and driving a vehicle in the water there is a strictly prohibited act. However, the group of tourists flouted all the rules and drove the vehicle there. The video shows the Audi SUV is registered in Haryana.
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Pangong Lake is considered a holy place for the locals. Also, the shores of the lake are habitats for micro vegetation that grow in brackish water. These micro vegetation are considered important for the local ecosystem. Driving a vehicle on that in such a reckless manner could destroy that which might impact the local ecosystem and environment at large in the long run.
With the video emerging online, netizens reacted angrily against such acts and the people who did this. Several netizens demanded that the police and administration should take strict action against the offenders to create an example so people don't do such acts again.
This is not the first time people have been caught doing such weird acts in places, where the environmental damage could be huge. In many cases, people often drive cars or motorcycles on sea beaches which damages the coastal environment.