Thursday, May 12, 2016

Activity Update March 2016: Navegaon-Nagzira


 Dr. Bhasme examines a patient at our free medical camp at Kodebarra

Our free medical camp in Asalpani

Our Conservation Offficer Mukund Dhurve speaks about
conservation to students of Zilla Parishad Primary School, Bolunda

Our volunteers battle fire in forest in Compartment no. 108
Our Conservation Officer Mukund leads volunteers
 in fighting fire in jungle in Compartment no. 95
Our Conservation Officer Mukund speaks about
 conservation to students of High School at Kuradi
Our volunteers clean area around hand pump at Pongezara

Students of Adilok High School, Bolunda watch film on wildlife conservation

Villagers discuss local development issues in meeting organised by us

 Villagers of Jindatola watch film on wildlife conservation shown
 by our team as part of our awareness programme

Volunteers clean waterhole in Compartment no. 111 

Volunteers collect litter during anti-plastic programme

Water container for birds put up by our volunteers

Jindatola - Volunteers dig a soak pit for a water conservation programme

Our volunteers join Forest Dept. staff on patrol
between Mangezari and Kodebarra



Mukund Dhurve         - Conservation Officer
Jivraj Salam                 - Field assistant
Salimkumar Dhurve    - Field assistant

·      Joined Forest Department staff on 8 patrols
·      4 community assistance voluntary work programmes – programmes to clean area next to hand pumps at Pongezara, Asalpani, Mangezari, Jindatola
·      5 community assistance voluntary work programme- programmes to clean water holes at Kalagota, compartment no.107,109, 110, 111
·      4 anti-plastic programmes at Pongezara, Mangezari, Bolunda, Kodebarra
·      Assisted in fighting fires in forest in Compartment no. 95, 108
·      Organized 7 education programmes at Koylari, Kodelohara, Wadegaon, Bhajepar, Kuradi, Bolunda, Berdipar on “How to make natural colours and celebrate eco-friendly Holi” in which 1636 students were present
·      Organized 7 film shows in which 1475 students and village were present
·      Organized 6 medical camps in which 117 patients got free treatment
·      Celebrated World Forest Day on 21st March at ZPPS Bolunda
·      Celebrated World Water Day on 22nd March at comp. no. 109


Our team organized 6 community assistance programmes on March 8, 9, 11 and 28 to clear areas around hand pumps at Pongezara, Asalpani, Mangezari and Jindatola respectively. Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in all programmes which were led by Mukund and Salimkumar.

Water had spilled over while people drew from the hand pumps and had stagnated, leading to proliferation of mosquitoes and insects. Our teams cleared the area, removing scum and organic growth and dug canals to drain away the water.

Our team joined the Forest Department in day and night patrols on the roads from Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola, Mangezari to Govindtola, Mangezari to Bagadhband, Mangezari to Kodebarra and Mangezari to Jindatola on March 10, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 and 25. Patrolling was intensified after a leopard was spotted on March 18 as officials wanted to monitor its movement and ensure that it was safe from the poachers. One cattle was killed, reportedly by the leopard, near Jindatola.

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.

During the month, our team assisted in fighting fires in the forest on 2 occasions in Compartment no. 95 and 108 on March 12 and March 24 respectively.

On the second occasion, March 24, we were able to apprehend the person who started the fire. The Forest Department guard, who was on the patrol along with our team, arrested the person, a villager from Mangezari.

During the month our team organized 4 anti-plastic programmes to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programmes were organized on March 8, 11, 17 and 29 at Pongezara, Mangezari, Bolunda and Kodebarra villages respectively. Mukund, Salimkumar and Jivraj organized the programmes which were attended by villagers and village eco-development committee (VEDC) members. The plastic litter has been kept in our Mangezari office and will be sent to Tiroda for recycling.

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 5 awareness programmes during March in 5 villages – Boatola, Thadezari, Pitezari, Umarzari, and Wadegaon.


There were 7 environment education programmes during the month of March.

Holi is a major Hindu festival and is normally celebrated by people splashing water and colours on each other. Normally, a lot of water is wasted and chemicals in the colours contaminate the soil and water bodies. Further, bonfires are lit and branches and trees are cut for firewood. In our programmes, we explained the harm that is caused to the environment by such activities and encouraged people to celebrate the festival in a more eco-friendly manner. Instead of using firewood, villagers are advised to burn rubbish and waste materials or cow dung. They are also taught how to make colours from flowers, leaves and other organic materials.

Education van

There were 8 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation in March.

Employment Cell activities

We helped one unemployed youth from Mangezari to get a job at Nagpur.


There were 6 health camps in March at which 117 patients received free treatment.

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