GUWAHATI, July 13 - The Assam Association, Mumbai embarked on a project titled ‘My tree.... My Life....’ in the year 2016 with the objective to plant a tree for each family of the Assamese community living in Mumbai seeking livelihood, which is about 4000 now. Accordingly in the year 2016, 1500 saplings were planted at the Belapur Nature Park in Thane district and in the year 2017, a total of 1200 saplings were planted in the hills of Kalambusare village, Raigad district.
This year more than 1000 saplings were planted at Rasayani village, Raigad district on the Mumbai-Pune Highway on July 8 last with the active participation of the members and support and guidance of the Forest Department, Maharashtra Government. Rasayani village is located at a distance of about 40 km from Assam Bhawan, the nerve centre of the Assamese community at Mumbai. With the successful completion of this year’s plantation, the Assamese people have achieved the initial target of plantation of 4000 trees i.e., “plantation of one tree per Assamese family in Mumbai”, informed Binod Mudiar, president of the association. The next step would be to plant one tree per every Assamese person, informed Deepankar Borgohain, general secretary of the association. This was stated in a press release.
As in the last two years, a large number of participants took part in this green initiative despite inclement weather and heavy showers in the morning. The campaign was well received by ladies as well as large number of participants from Anubhuti, a senior citizen Group of ONGC, Navi Mumbai. The members of Rotary Club, Patalganga and Rasayani Gram Panchayat also took part in the campaign besides many local Marathi people from Navi Mumbai.
The Department of Forest, Maharashtra Government has an ambitious plan for plantation of 43,000 samplings in and around Rasayani village which is spread over several hectares of land. The Sahyadri Hill ranges forming the western edge of Deccan Flood Basalt offer ample opportunity for massive tree plantation. These hill ranges have sparse vegetation. Keeping this in mind, the Maharashtra Government initiated recently the biggest environment and forest protection drives in the State by setting an ambitious target of planting 50 crore trees during 2016-19. This project is expected to increase the green cover in the State manifold. Accordingly in the year 2016 the Forest department planted 2crore samplings in the inaugural day of Van Mahotsav i.e., on July 1 itself. Last year, nearly 4 crore trees were planted in different parts of the State. This year, the target is to plant 13 crore trees up to October 2018. Therefore, the Assam Association has also decided to complement these massive efforts by planting a few hundred trees each year.
This year, the saplings were of local varieties such as jamun, jackfruit, neem, rain tree and gulmohar, which grow faster, provide lot of shade depending on the local climate, soil and availability of water.
The association also expressed its sincere gratitude to the Government of Maharashtra, particularly the Forest Department for their constant support and guidance, to the Resident Commissioner, Assam Bhawan for facilitating the transportation and to the members of Anubhuti, Rotary Club, Patalganga and Rasayani Gram Panchayat for joining the event, the press release added.