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Towards a greener, calmer and better society

Residents of three housing societies in Ravet, Dhayari and Kondhwa, together, planted nearly 90 saplings as of HT’s tree plantation drive

pune Updated: Aug 20, 2018 17:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Residents of Crystal Castle society during the tree plantation drive on Sunday.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Residents of societies in Ravet, Dhayari and Kondhwa were part of an eco-friendly and intellectually positive experience on Sunday during a number oftree plantation drives and meditation sessions organised in association with Hindustan Times, Pune edition, jointly withthe Heartfulness Institute.

The HT Pune Go Green and Save The Earth drive began with Nano Space society in Ravet on Sunday morning. Welcoming the day with yoga and mindful meditation for relaxation, the residents of the society reconnected with their inner selves. With almost 50 residents from the society and neighbouring areas, the meditation session was followed by a tree plantation drive whereby residents planted a total of 15 tree saplings.

Gautam Tungare, chairman of the society, said, “Such an initiative by HT Pune is praiseworthy as it leaves sustainable impressions on the body, mind and soul of the residents. Most of us are not very aware in terms of our environment and our own mind, body and soul. The two events, meditation and the tree plantation drive, helped us connect both with the environment and our inner self, which is very important.”

Agreeing to Tungare, Nilesh Shukla, secretary of Crystal Castle Co-op housing society, Dhayari, another participant in the drive at the society, said,“This is a very special initiative, especially for our children, who will learn and inculcate important values from such programmes. These values will later help them be better individuals and citizens.”

Crystal Castle society holds a tree plantation drive every year on August 15, and on Sunday the residents planted as many as 25 saplings during the drive.“The mindfulness meditation was different for us and for some it was the first time they have tried to meditate. Such an experience is beyond words, and we hope to continue more of such initiatives in the future,” he added.

Tree plantation at Nano Space housing society in Ravet on Sunday. (HT Photo)

Another society participating in the drive was Shantinagar Society, Kondhwa. Having planted 50 saplings, the residents have been very impressed by the outcome and hope for more of such sessions.“Beyond our expectation, we saw more than 50 residents join us on a Sunday. It shows that if initiated, people are ready to step up and do the right thing for the environment. It was a great experience and we want to expand this further with larger saplings the next time,” said Harikrishan Bihani, society chairman.

Last week, a similar drive was conducted in a number of societies across the city. One of them,Suyog Nisarg co-operative society in Wagholi had a meditation and tree plantation drive with a turnout of almost 80 people from the society.

Speaking about the feedback from the residents, Nitin Kumar Jain, chairman of the society, said,“It was unexpected how people even after a week continue to talk about the drive, especially the meditation sessions. It was like cleansing our mind and soul at the same time. The fact is that 90 per cent of the people living here work amidst high stress and aggression, in IT companies and this session could help them release all that out and inhale a positive outlook altogether.”

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 17:31 IST