Nestled in the banks of Borolia river, this nondescript village has built a green treasure near their residence and have relentlessly been working to preserve it all these years. In between 1914-15 the Block Development Officials of Maregaon village in Nagrijuli block of Baksa district brought 5 bighas of land in the village and planted 8000 teak plants which have beautifully turned into a mini forest now.
Maregaon also took the initiative for areca nut plantation under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to generate employment for the villagers and since then, there was no turning back.
Currently, 750 teak trees are generously standing tall in the mini-forest cultivated by the villagers here and the green environment in-turn is providing them with the financial assistance for many years.
Speaking with Time8, the Nagrijuli BDO, Jyotish Kakati said, “We started this initiative of building a forest in the village to generate employment and also, in the coming years to name it as a model village. In the next 30-40 years, these forests will help in growing the economy of the village 3 times more than what we are getting currently.”
“Under the MGNREGA the initiative has generated employment to the villagers who have now made the forest their own den. They work every day keeping in mind that if the eco-system for healthy living,” he added.
Meanwhile, the villagers have set an example of environmental conservation to the world and hope that the initiative will have a positive impact for others to follow.
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Tamulpur | Edited by: Arpita Das