Reforestation efforts boost Kandivli stretch of SGNP
After the hustle and bustle of the road, once you enter the complex Lokhandwala Kandivli East, the temperature plummeted tangibly. Thanks to Stretch Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), the back sides of the complex.
The same stretch, once lined with booths. “The forest department destroyed about six or eight years ago,” says Hima Nanavati, a member of the Interior Wheels Club (CBI), the Rotary wing of women.
Sensitized by climate change and its impact around the world, Nanavati wanted to start a planting project in the environmental club project.
“When I shared the idea in 2014, Nusrat came. She and her husband approached the managers of the jungle, who gave us a piece of an acre.
It was said that it had been approved by the invasions, whose huts were kidnapped. We immediately started raising money, “Nanavati said.
Members planted the first batch of 360 trees on September 30, 2014. With each passing year, the number has increased.
“Under the leadership of our current district president, Dr. Madhavi Pandya, and backed by our 66 clubs, we have planted more than 5,500 trees on 15 hectares.
As for our commitment, the forestry department has encouraged us to cover more space, “said project president Nanavati.
On Monday, 15 million trees were planted this year by officials and dignitaries of the club.
Some of them include the main Chief Conservator of Forests, MK Rao; Divisional Official Forest PB Bhalekar; Area-12 Police Subcommittee Vinay Rathod; Deputy Municipal Commissioner Gaikwad; And President of All India CBI Patricia Hilton.
“After the first showers, we planted 200-300 trees every day,” Nanavati added. The residents of Kandivli, Nusrat, 65 and Afzal Khatri, 67, who received the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar in 2009, oversaw the basics.
With Nusrat, reconstituted patch has 57 species of trees.
The initial work began with 20 employees and today the couple has paid and six staff members of Thakur College students in Kandivli were invited to volunteer.
Each year, on average, the club raises Rs 8-10 lakh.
“We intend to eliminate the waste and continue growing until we get to the National Park or until there is space available. Post that we will continue where we are needed,” said Nanavati.