Our team organized 4 community assistance programmes on May 14, 17, 06 and 18 to clear the area around hand pumps at Mangezari, Jindatola, Bodalkasa and Bhajepar respectively. Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in all the programmes which were led by Mukund and Salimkumar.
|Night patrol, Kodebarra-Jindatola road|
The area is known to attract poachers as power cables are strung on poles erected by the side of the road. In the past, there have been instances of poaching on this road when poachers used hooks and wires to draw power from the cables and killed animals by electrocution. Sometimes, wires are drawn several hundred meters into the jungle from the cables. At least one gaur and one leopard have been killed over the past year, using this method. Besides our staff, volunteers from a youth club at Mangezari also joined in the patrols. The youth club was set up with our assistance and is mentored by Mukund Dhurve.
|Cleaning the waterhole in Compartment No. 112|
|Day patrol, Compartment No. 107|
|Cleaning the waterhole in Compartment No. 107|
|Cleaning the waterhole in Compartment No. 109|
On May 20, our team was patrolling the jungle in Compartment No 56 when they noticed smoke in the forest around 0.5 km from Jindatola village. On checking, the team found that there was a fire which had already consumed around half hectare of forest. Our team, comprising Mukund Dhurve, Jivraj Salam and Salimkumar Dhurve, brought the fire under control and informed the Forest Guard Mr. Durrani stationed in the village. Photo below.
On May 9 and 15, Mukund, Salimkumar and Jivraj and 3 students from village conducted an anti-plastic programme at Bagadhband village in which they cleared plastic litter from the village and the Gram Panchayat Campus. The plastic litter has been kept in our Mangezari office and will be sent to Tiroda for recycling.
|Clean-up drive in Mangezari|
The Government of Maharashtra has issued the buffer zone notification for the Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve. Following this, doubts have sprung up in the minds of villagers as to how they will be affected by the notification. Due to the doubts, some villagers are opposing the notification. To clear these doubts and misgivings, we organized a total of 8 awareness programmes during May in 8 villages – Navezari, Chorkamara, Umarzari, Shivangaon, Jambrapani, Sodlagondi, and Bhajepar.