Kunwar Damodar Singh Rathore, who was honored Indira Priyadarshini Vriksh Mitra Award in 2000 for planting right around a crore saplings, inhaled his last at 91 years old in Pithoragarh on Wednesday. He was admitted to the area doctor’s facility of Pithoragarh on May 25 after he fell sick when he went to splash a timberland fire at his town in Bhanora in Didihat tehsil.
In his lifetime, he figured out how to plant more than 160 species in and around his town. Vast swathes of area in Bhanora, which now gloat of a rich green spread, is his lasting legacy. Rathore’s work was not constrained to his own particular town. He likewise framed the Himalayan Green Brigade, an association which selected volunteers to plant saplings in their individual regions, in Pithoragarh.
On his deathbed, Rathore had only one stress, as indicated by his family. “What will happen to the saplings I have planted? Who will deal with them? Who will take care of them?” he said as the final breath left his body. Isn’t that very very emotional? RIP Kunwar. Our Society has lost a gem of a person.
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