With the intent to create a sense of shared responsibility in the minds of the people about the threat being posed to the plant and animal species amid growing human population and rapid expansion of infrastructural development as indicated by loss of species on whom human survival depends, a team of Shangshak police station on Tuesday conducted a go green community outreach program.
H. Chiphang OC Shangshak Police station led team made this clarion call through its community outreach mission as it organised a tree plantation drive at the district’s premier educational institute Patkai Christian Academy (PCA) campus and its surrounding areas.
Indigenous plants like Leihao, Uningthou, Thuga ching, and flowering shrubs have been planted in and around the PCA site and along national highway 202.
The drive was taken up in collaboration with Kamjong Forest department and PCA authority.
Driving home the essence of environment, OC H. Chiphang who led the plantation drive at PCA situated along the Ukhrul-Imphal road said, “We are taking up this plantation drive under the motto, ‘Our survival depends on survival of plants and animals’ because we want to convey the message that these species are sustaining human life on the earth.
The choice of tree species was made as suggested by the forest department, he said, and added that the rationale for conducting the drive is to do our bid to help mitigate the growing environmental crisis in the district. “Today, the whole world is grappling to adapt to the irreversible climatic induce change and in this struggle, planting of more trees is the pressing need of the hour. So, on our part, we took up this onus.”
Meanwhile Chiphang exuded that by planting ornamental trees they wanted the trees, when fully grown, to match with the scenic beauty of PCA campus and to also adorn the highway stretch with the scenic beauty and its aura so that everyone who comes to Ukhrul on this road feel the beauty of the nature.
Range Forest Officer (RFO) Kamjong range Worthem Moulthou (MO) and PCA principal Kamlal Khongsai also took part in the plantation drive.