Alot (Ratlam district, Madhya Pradesh): Divyang teacher Ramesh Porwal has been working relentlessly for two decades to protect environment.
He began planting saplings from 1999. Initially, he decided to plant one or two saplings per day as part of his daily schedule. When those saplings grew as healthy trees, it gave him immense satisfaction. It was then he decided to continue the work.
He first planted saplings in primary school of Barkheda Kalan in Alot tehsil where is a teacher. As it turned green, he began planting saplings in complexes, roadsides, intersections. “One has to take care of trees like children,” Porwal told Free Press.
Apart from Barkheda Kalan, he planted saplings in hostels, farms. Besides, he planted saplings in Alot Block Resource Coordinator’s office, Girls High Secondary School, Ganesh Mandir, Kargil Square, Shankar Mandir, Dussehra Maidan, Hanuman Mandir, Sheetla Mata Mandir, Rajendra Chowk, Hanuman Mandir, Nageshwar Bypass, Nag Bavji Complex, Khedapati Hanuman Mandir in Pal Nagra, Devnarayan Mandir in Vikramgarh, school of Pipliya Maru, primary school of Malhargarh etc.
Besides, he motivated students to grow trees by giving them saplings. Ramesh Porwal planted trees every year in the memory of his father Shivnarayan during the rainy season and installed tree guards with his money.
So far, Ramesh Porwal has planted about 3,000 saplings out of which 2,500 have grown as trees.
“Every person should love trees. On World Environment Day, I feel that no one should cut green trees as trees are roots of our lives. Do not destroy trees and on the birthday of family members, one should plant trees then only improvement is possible”, Porwal said.
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