In an innovative initiative, at Gorewada Project, WWF-India, Forest Department in association with 80 students from the National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of Institute of Science constructed two Vanrai bandharas on natural water source (nullah) and also collected plastic that got carried inside the forest from the city. The project is really helpful for getting water for wild animals during the summer, and to cease soil erosion and indeed to accelerate ground water level. The students also learnt about the work being done in forest management as they built these Vanrai bandharas under the guidance of forest officials.
The program was implemented under the guidance of divisional manager Nandakishore Kale of Gorewada Project. Senior project officer of WWF-India Ajinkya Bhatkar addressed the students about the NGOs work in wildlife conservation as well as the latest equipment used in wildlife research such as camera trap, range finder, GPS, compass, and students to get involved in various activities related to environment and wildlife conservation. Shrikant Borkar, Chief Executive Officer of National Service Scheme and Rohit Gajbhiye, student representative, led the students. Head of department of physical education Dr Madhavi Mardikar was also present and round officer Sukhdev Raut, forest guard Arvind Masaram,forest guard YS Rathod, forest guard Devidas N Rewatkar and others helped to make this of programme successful.