Bolangir, Oct 26 (LocalWire) In their efforts to create awareness through “Journey for Tigers” among the people about conservation of big cats and the forests, a couple from Kolkata arrived here today.
Riding a motor cycle, Rathindra Das and his wife Gitanjali Das set out on their mission to “Save tigers and Save Forests” on February 15 this year from Kolkata and had since traversed 18 states including Assam, Meghalayaya, Arunachal Pradesh Maharashtra, Andhra Prdesh and Odisha.
“Tiger is the apex predator animal of forests. If the tiger is safe in the forests, the forests are safe.
Once forests are safe, humans will get air, water and others things from the nature”, Rathindra said.
There are 50 tiger reserves in India and they will visit all the nearby villages to spread this message and create awareness to reduce man animal conflict.
From Bolangir the couple will go to Saatkosia Tiger Reserve and Similipal tiger reserve in the state before visiting Palamu Tiger Reserve in Jharkhand, Das said.
Claiming that he had covered the entire country in 2016 with the theme “Save forest and Save wildlife”, he said Article 51A(G) of the Constitution says that it is the fundamental duty of Indian citizens to protect wildlife, river and natural resources.
Speaking to the students of Centurion University here, Das said their aim is to create awareness among the masses about the message for a better living.
“The best way to contribute to save the environment is to reduce the use of plastic and stop cutting of trees. Otherwise, days would not be far when Oxygen clinics would be required”, he said.
Gitanjali Das said she was happy to give company to her husband.
Among others, Director Centurion Campus, Bolangir, Pradeep Sarangi and Aurindum Parischha spoke.