Nagpur: Environment enthusiasts teamed up on World Wetlands Day at Ambazari Biodiversity Park, Hingna, for a cleaning drive organized by the social forestry division and forest division on Sunday.
Nearly 200 volunteers participated in the campaign and started with the cleaning process at 8am. A truckload of litter was collected by them from Nag River and the Ambazari backwater areas. They were awarded with certificates of participation for their conscious efforts.
Speaking about the drive, divisional forest officer (DFO), social forestry, Geeta Nannaware said, “We celebrate this day every year. This time around, we decided to step out for a hands-on experience in sanitation. We were elated to see a great response from kids who tagged along with their families to display awareness.”
“Voluntary participation on a weekend is a sign that people are aware of the importance of this day. Ambazari is the heart of the city and the wetlands should be spic and span,” she said. Nannaware said that around 20-25 garbage bags were piled up from the area.
Present at the drive were chief conservator of forest, Nagpur circle, Kalyan Kumar, deputy conservator of forests Prabhunath Shukla, divisional forest officer Deepali Talmale and assistant conservator of forest Rajan Talmale among others.
With fishing activities on the rise, several thermocol blocks were found at the site since it is used by fishermen to keep the nets afloat. Along with polluting the water bodies, thermocol is an extremely harmful substance for the aquatic life. Kumar said it is a cause of concern that thermocol was collected in heaps. Asked about finding an alternative to the hazardous effects of thermocol, he said, “It is not the domain of the forest department.
We need to take technical advice from the fisheries department to come up with a sustainable measure so that aquatic life is not under any threat.”