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Ex-BSF jawan single-handedly erects lush green jungle on 1.5 hectare wasteland in Rudraprayag

by Abhay Aswal
Nov 28, 2017

For someone who’s inherent love for nature and its well-being never dimmed throughout his life, age is just a number to help improve the diminishing green cover. One such story belongs to Jagat Singh Chaudhary, a former BSF jawan who has created a lush green jungle on a 1.5 hectare wasteland in his Kot Malla village in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Fondly referred to as ‘Junglee Ji’ for his passion for preservation of forests, the ex-serviceman has been single-handedly creating beautifully planned and manicured jungle since 1974.

I was deeply hurt when a woman in my village got grievously injured while negotiating a treacherous forest trek after she had gone out to collect fodder. Such incidents are otherwise common for women in hill villages. I then decided to create a forest in my village so that women won’t have to go out far to fetch fodder or firewood.

– Jagat ‘Junglee Ji’ Chaudhary

After Chaudhary retired from BSF in 1980, he started collecting different species of plants and shrubs and began planting them in the vicinity of his village. Little did he know, his initial push to start a forest cover will one day grow into a colossal jungle. For  village with no water body, the growing of the jungle came as a blessing in disguise. The forest vegetation started trapping water in the ground thereby raising the water table.

Inputs from Times of India

For more information, visit: Jagat Singh Chaudhary: Bracing Life to Aging Forests