A small town in Maharashtra called Titwala, on the banks of river Kalu, will be getting a forest in the near future. That’s because one NGO has taken up the responsibility to convert a piece of land into a full-fledged forest.
The Thane-based Enviro-Vigil, which also goes by the name Paryavaran Dakshata Manch, has announced that it will be taking 19 hectares of land in Titwala to get the project running. The organisation is hoping that in seven years, the land would be sufficiently developed into a functional forest that can then be handed over to the forest department run by the government.
The project was inaugurated on January 29 of this year.
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Sangita Joshi, who is from Enviro-Vigil, spoke to DNA about the initiative, noting that this project is more than just planting trees in the region. She said, “Trees are the answer to all environmental problems — from pollution to global warming. We have decided to take up this project as part of a social commitment… A jungle is a self-sufficient ecosystem. Our aim is not just to plant trees, but build to build system through Devrai.”
And in order to build a working ecosystem that can sustain itself, the team will implement a number of initiatives such as soil conservation.
The NGO, which was formed in 2000, has been working steadily since in the sphere of environmental conservation. Through a number of projects, it aims at advocating, educating and training the society to be more aware of how the environment can be protected.
The NGO can be contacted here