Students, Forest dept, NGO hold van-mahotshav

300 Casuarina trees, 200m long Ipomoea Creeper, planted on Galgibaga Beach

Goemkarponn desk
CANACONA- School Students, Teachers, Forest officials and NGO’ s in a joint celebration of Van-Mahotsav, Casuarina saplings and Ipomoea Creeper were planted at Galgibaga Beach on Wednesday.
300 Saplings of Casurina trees and the Ipomoea Creeper on a stretch of about 200 meters, which is natural vegetation of the beach and very useful to prevent sand erosion of the coastal inland sand-dunes, are planted along the Galgibaga beach.
‘We must continue protecting this universe, and holding of Van-Mahotsav plantation is one of the opportunities for us to save nature of this motherland’, said Dennis Fernandes, representing Green NGO.
Students and Teachers of St. Sebastian HS, Loliem, together with students of St. Anthony HS, Galgibaga, joined forest (wildlife) officials led by RFO Anand Velip to celebrate the Van-Mahotsav by holding a plantation drive on Galgibaga Beach, where Forest department runs Turtle Conservation Centre.
Speaking on occasion, an NGO member representing Greens Dennis Fernandes said, this is the happiest occasion to celebrate Van-Mahotsav jointly with the Students, Teachers, Forest officials and other Greens. ‘ Most of the time people are doing it individually, or individual school, but today first time it’s being held together.
Earlier, the plantation of various saplings, including Casuarina trees, is carried out on the coastal landward sand dunes.
St. Anthony HS Galgibaga Teacher Sandesh Prabhugaongkar,
‘This plantation will not only help maintain greenery, but the Ipomoea Creeper will help to avoid major sand erosions on the Galgibaga coast.
“It is necessary to protect and help grow the saplings that we plant today, and we should understand how many have actually grown”, said Seby Barretto, also representing Green NGO.
St. Sebastian HS Headmistress Prescila Pinto, Teachers of St. Anthony HS, Galgibaga, Forest department (Wildlife) RFO Anand Velip and other officials were also present.

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