TISS Tuljapur – Plantation Drive
In 2019, the government of the State of Maharashtra, India has organized Mega Plantation Drive 2019, an initiative aimed at planting 330 million trees throughout the state. It is part of the Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar’s project to plan 500 million trees in 4 steps: the first saw 10 million trees planted, followed by step 2 - 30 million - and step 3, 130 million trees. The remaining 330 million constitute the ambitious last step of the project.
The program included an extensive campaign to encourage wide popular participation. In the context of this large project, TISS’s Tuljapur campus wanted to set an example for other institutions in the area by organizing, in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra, a plantation drive on campus with the aim of planting 2019 trees. On the 24th of July 2019, Plantation Drive was inaugurated by Deepa Mughol, District Collector of the Osmanabad District.
The trees are to be planted in phases and end up covering around 5 acres of land. The initiative is ongoing, with 1000 trees planted so far in three planting phases. Many other development programs, such as an irrigation system, will also be installed. Around 200 people participated in the project, among them faculty members, students, administrators, and state officials. There is no fixed deadline to the project, but the target of 2019 trees is expected to be reached by end of April 2020.