It was a `Go-Green’ day for swarms of people attached to different Non Government Organisations (NGO) and students of different institutes, who under the banner of Pyaas Foundation celebrated Vanamahotsava by planting 400 saplings at Prabhu Nagar village in Khanapur taluk on Sunday. The initiative was to give a green touch to that `dry-look’ of the village.
Deputy Commissioner N Jayaram inaugurated the celebration by planting the first sapling at the newly built lake premises in the village. Khanapur MLA Arvind Patil, Assistant Conservator of Forests Prashant, Range Forest Officer S S Ningane and others were present on the occasion. Pyaas Foundation President Dr Madhav Prabhu presided over the function.
Jayaram appreciated the efforts of Pyaas Foundation, which is not only expected to provide permanent relief to Prabhu Nagar from scarcity of drinking water, but also make the villagers environmental friendly. The students and staff of KLE Ayurvedic College, NSS Unit of KLE Nursing College, skaters of Belgaum Roller Skating Academy, the members of Naviours and others participated in the ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, the villagers thanked the efforts of Pyaas Foundation for their welfare.
Pyaas Foundation Secretary Rohan Kulkarni said that all the saplings planted are of fruits and others species which can attract birds. He thanked Forest department for providing the saplings and guiding the Foundation in the planting work. The members of Naviours – Rajlaxmi Bhoite, Sushma Mirajkar, Vaidehi Zanvar, Shivani Shah and others created awareness among the villagers on the importance of planting and maintaining trees around them.
Pyaas Foundation Director Kiran Nippanikar welcomed and member Aditya Bhinge proposed a vote of thanks. Vice President Abhimanyu Daga was the master of the ceremony.
It may be recalled here that Pyaas Foundation had come across Prabhu Nagar which was facing severe scarcity of drinking water and decided to adopt it. Initially it started supplying 4 tankers of drinking water to the villagers. Later it identified a dead lake at the village, which if brought to life, it felt would give a permanent solution for the drinking water problem of the village.
The digging work for re-charging the lake commenced on May 1 and the members had a challenge to complete the work within the commencement of monsoon. They succeeded in doing it. As there are hardly any trees seen in the village, the members of the Foundation decided to take-up the tree plantation work in there.