Balangir, November 14 (LocalWire): Not willing to wait for the authorities to clean the surroundings, Arindam Parischha, a Zoology teacher at Centurion University campus at Bolangir, decided to take action on his own.
Parischha was upset because a small waterfall inside the forest range of Bijakhaman, a place of natural beauty that was also dubbed as Mini Harishankar by people, was fast becoming a big garbage bin, thanks to the picnickers who had started to throng the place in large numbers.
Like the locals of Balangir, Parischha was also delighted when the waterfall was discovered in August-September this year, a little ahead of forest department’s mega nursery off Titilagarh road, just five kilometers away from the town in the reserve forest.
Soon the social media was buzzing with photographs and news about the natural beauty of surrounding forest and the waterfall, and the place started attracting a large number of visitors; this is when the problem of pollution by leftovers started.
“People left plastic cup plates and liquor bottles, cans, and even leftover food items were strewn across the area,” Parischha said, adding that he also appealed to people of Bolangir via Facebook not to spoil the flora and fauna of the area by leaving garbage at the place, but it had little impact.
Parischha who had earlier worked for tiger conservation and has good knowledge of wildlife animals and birds, soon roped in a few of his friends and students to take action on their own and clean up the area. The group spent over two hours during the weekend to clean the area and restore the natural environment for the animals and birds there.
He also submitted a petition to the assistant conservator of forest BC Roul highlighting the rising pollution inside the forest that was affecting the wild animals, who assured of taking steps to check the degradation of forest area.
“Wild animals also have the right to live and we should let them live their own way. A couple of months ago when we used to visit the place, we could see a large number of birds.
However, one can barely sight any bird near the waterfall area now,” Parichha said.
“Garbage inside the forest is affecting them. Unless we keep their environment undisturbed and clean birds would simply move away from this place,” he stated.
According to sources, acting on his petition, the forest department is planning to take up cleaning activity in the area, as well as setting up a small check gate on the road to prevent the entry of people.