Indian Man Singlehandedly Plants Entire 1,360 Acre Forest!

[ আসামের যাদব ‘মলাই’ পায়েং। ৩০ বছরে নিজের হাতে একটা ১৩৬০ একরের জঙ্গল তৈরি করে ফেলেছে। অঞ্চলটার নাম ‘মলাই’।‘অন্য দেশ হলে ও এতদিনে হীরো হয়ে যেত’ – বলছেন বনদপ্তরের এসিস্ট্যান্ট কনজারভেটর গুনিন সইকিয়া ] A little over 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India’s Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavour, so he moved to the site where he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acre of jungle that Payeng planted single-handedly. It all started way back in 1979 when floods washed a large number of snakes ashore on the sandbar. One day, after the waters had receded, Payeng , only 16 then, found the place dotted with the dead reptiles. That was the turning point of his life. “The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms. It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me. Nobody was interested,” says Payeng, now 47. While it’s taken years for Payeng’s remarkable dedication to planting to receive some well-deserved recognition internationally, it didn’t take long for wildlife in the region to benefit from the manufactured forest. Demonstrating a keen understanding of ecological balance, Payeng even transplanted ants to his burgeoning ecosystem to bolster its natural harmony. Soon the shadeless sandbar was transformed into a self-functioning environment where a menagerie of creatures could dwell. The forest, called the Molai woods, now serves as a safe haven for numerous birds, deers, rhinos, tigers, and elephants — species increasingly at risk from habitat loss elsewhere. Despite the conspicuousness of Payeng’s project, Forestry officials in the region first learned of this new forest in 2008 — and since then they’ve come to recognize his efforts as truly remarkable, but perhaps not enough. “We’re amazed at Payeng,” says Assistant Conservator of Forests, Gunin Saikia. “He has been at it for 30 years. Had he been in any other country, he would have been made a hero.”
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5 Responses to “Indian Man Singlehandedly Plants Entire 1,360 Acre Forest!”

  1. Madhusudan Mahato 13 March 2013 at 2:10 PM #

    Really Greatman. He should be prized by the Govt.

  2. 00X 13 March 2013 at 6:58 PM #

    Really great job….

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    Manish 16 March 2013 at 9:54 PM #


  4. sujoy chanda 19 March 2013 at 7:51 PM #

    Nothing to say !! greatest job!!!!

  5. asok kumar das 22 March 2013 at 10:35 PM #

    Is it true? I like to see the man made heaven.
    asokdas charbak

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