Mussoorie, 22 June
The officials from Eco Task Force, the world’s first ecological Army unit which was raised in 1982 & affiliated to the Garhwal Rifles to save the environment by carrying out mass plantation took on the tasks of sharing knowledge of planting saplings & giving absolute technical advice to officers, JCOs and Other Ranks of 14 RAPID(S), Dehradun on behest of GOC 14 RAPID(S), Maj Gen SS Mahal. A total of 13 Officers, 17 JCOs and 58 Other Ranks of various units of Clement town attended the “On the Job Training” at Eco Task Force location at Garhi Cantonment area, today.
The Eco Task Force officials addressing the gathering said that the best time for plantation drive is during the monsoon season for best survivability. It appears a very simple process, and lots of agencies & people go in for plantations. But the survival of these saplings planted is always unsure.
The officers were also shown on ground, the ways to collect seeds from road sides and under the trees and later geminate them in the nurseries so that they are able to grow as healthy saplings and are ready for plantation in rugged and barren mountains of Uttarakhand.
The technique of planting was shown where in the importance of digging proper pit, filling it with leaf, mulch & compost for maintaining proper moisture essential for survival of plantations was demonstrated.
Hav Surendra Singh, Incharge of nurseries of unit said that we consider the seeds as trees and do the plantations for our future generations. He also informed that we rear these saplings and care for them as our own children. The officials were briefed on leaf composting, vermin culture & kitchen waste management & shown how unit is managing its Bio & Kitchen waste & is using it for making compost & enriching the soil in unit area.
Every year lakhs of saplings are planted by Army units & this knowledge will surely go a long way in ensuring survivability of plantation & making Uttarakhand green.
The officials said that the unit has been making every effort to keep Uttarakhand Clean and Green by its unique & experienced work force which does its tasks with missionary zeal & professional acumen.
Eco Task Force, the world’s first ecological Army unit which was raised in 1982 & affiliated to the Garhwal Rifles has commendable history, famously known for its Mussoorie Project which involved stopping limestone Mining in Mussoorie hills & afforesting the hills of Mussoorie that were destroyed & devastated due to illegal mining & limestone quarrying also responsible for cutting of forest by mining mafias in early Eighties. The efforts of this unit has brought back the pristine glory of the town and the greenery in the valley and mountains around Mussoorie resulting in lowering of the temperatures triggering snowfall which had become elusive in the region again.