School children taking part in the drive intended to create a greener tomorrow

Rajmachi Lonavala.

Nearly 100 Dawoodi Bohra community members including around 40 school children gathered on Saturday morning, 11 August, to plant more than 100 trees at Rajmachi Fort near Lonavala. The objective of this drive is to revive the ecosystem of the Rajmachi area which has seen a steady decline of flora and fauna due to rampant construction and deforestation.

The drive was organised by Burhani Foundation India (BFI), a charitable trust committed to initiating environmental and sustainability programs established by the late Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin nearly 28 years ago.

As part of its larger mission to inspire A rejuvenation of the depleting green cover, BFI has undertaken numerous tree planting drives across the country. In Rajmachi alone, BFI has partnered with Medicinal Plants Conservation Centre to plant over 1000 indigenous medicinal trees – carefully selected for retaining soil moisture and regenerating the right biodiversity – and to ensure regular upkeep by the organization.

“It is pleasing to see children between the tender ages of 10 and 12 take an active role in helping to rejuvenate the environment and send society a message about the importance of preserving our natural resources”, shared Taikhoom Mohiyuddin, Trustee of BFI.

This project aligns neatly with the Maharashtra Government’s drive to plant 13 crore trees and the encouragement of His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin towards tree plantation,” he added.

Rajmachi Fort is a popular site for trekking and BFI hopes to allow nature lovers to experience the biodiversity and beauty of the flourishing ecosystem, and provide conservation information to students and experts.