Woman out on mission to make Haldwani ‘Gumohar’ city
Tanuja took to social service and green activism after the loss of her two brothers. The brothers, who were quarrying contractors, were killed by gangster Ramesh Bambaiyya in Haldwani in 1999 and 2004. She took up the fight for justice and ensured Bambaiyya’s arrest and imprisonment. He died in jail due to ailment.dehradun Updated: Jun 22, 2017 20:53 IST
HALDWANI: Tanuja Joshi is out on a mission. The Haldwani property dealer carries Gulmohar saplings in her sport utility vehicle so that she can plant them whenever she spots an empty plot. The ‘Gulmohar lady’ carries gardening tools and water with her to plant the saplings.
Tanuja took to social service and green activism after the loss of her two brothers. The brothers, who were quarrying contractors, were killed by gangster Ramesh Bambaiyya in Haldwani in 1999 and 2004. She took up the fight for justice and ensured Bambaiyya’s arrest and imprisonment. He died in jail due to ailment.
The tough journey to justice brought her closer to nature. She was recently honoured by Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati in Badrinath for her initiative.
Tanuja began to help young children and imparted training in self defence to the children of Lamachaur area. For the last three years, she is planting Gulmohar (Delonix regia) which is easily identified by its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers.
“I zeroed in on the Gulmohar tree as it is beautiful and is not eaten by animals. Its wood being soft is not used for furniture,” she says.
Tanuja is planting Gulmohar saplings with the intention of making the flowering tree the symbol of Haldwani city. “I want Haldwani to be known as Gulmohar city, where beautiful Gulmohar flowers greet visitors at every intersection and road,” she says.
To accomplish her mission, Tanuja wants to planting 5,000 saplings before the 38th National Games that will be held in Dehradun, Haldwani and Tehri next year. She has been using her resources to buy saplings on her own. The green activist is steadfast to her mission, saying nothing will dither her. “It is not important that I am called the Gulmohar lady. What is more important is that our city looks beautiful with Gulmohar foliage which also protects our fragile environment,” she asserts.