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Mohan Chandra Kandpal, the spokesman for chemistry, popularly known as the man of the environment, sows water, cultivates water for 33 years! dedicated to the work of Born in the village of Kande in the district of Almora. His father worked at the National Bank of Punjab, Kanpur, so he completed his studies until his master’s degree in Kanpur. As a child, he became a follower of the ideas of Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Mission.
It’s 1984. When he arrived in his village during the holidays after taking the Inter exam, then there was a “No drugs, give a job” movement. Impressed by this, he jumped on the bandwagon. At his father’s insistence, he had to complete his studies. After completing his studies in 1990, he was appointed spokesman for Chemistry at Adarsh Inter College, Surai Khet, from where he had the opportunity to serve near his village. As a science teacher, he diligently taught the students in his class and showed good results. But he wasn’t limited to that. Forming a team of 40 students from his school, he began doing tasks such as cleaning ponds, planting in nearby villages during the holidays. By visiting the villages, the students also acquired practical knowledge of science.
With the aim of conserving and developing natural resources, he formed the Society for Environmental Education and Peoples Development in 1993. This organization initially had the support of Uttarakhand Seva Nidhi. Initially, he began the task of conserving water sources and equitable distribution of water from the village itself. In the 1990s, there were three bodies of water in her village, where women’s long queues used to draw water. The last women waiting their turn often had to return home without water.
Seeing this bad situation, Professor Mohan Chandra convened a meeting of the parents of the students of the village school and made some rules of water distribution to provide equal water to each family, so that everyone would start receiving water. But the spring water was also beginning to dwindle. In order to collect rainwater to recharge it, he built small ponds, which are locally called Khav. To cover the bare ground here, the forest was prepared with the planting of more than a thousand broad-leaved seedlings, from which the villagers obtain a continuous supply of water. It is managed by the same people of the village.
This campaign of teachers ’efforts has now extended to 82 villages in the Dwarahat and Bhikiyasain blocks, where women’s organizations have built more than 8,000 ponds in their villages. Rainwater is stored there, so the village’s water sources have come to life and forage leaves have also grown in the forest.
He considers figures such as Lalit Pandey, first vice-chancellor of Kumaun University DD Pant, renowned geologist Khadg Singh Valdia and RD Khulve as his mentors. For the first time, he had organized a massive tree planting program near his university, in which his inspiring men were present.
The guests who attended the event had said that if the planting is successful, rainwater will have to be collected to irrigate its roots and the women of the village will have to be advanced to save the trees. Mohan Chandra ji realized that there were no women in his tree planting program nor was there any water provision at the planting site. After that he began to give priority to water conservation in environmental protection works. At the same time, accompanying her students, she began to form women’s organizations in the villages. The good result of this was that students gained new learnings to connect with society.
Most of the more than a thousand and a half students he teaches so far help make ponds. He is having the pond built on behalf of his ancestors. Known as the master of the environment, this teacher has also made a circle of friends of half a dozen people, who also continue to give financial aid each year in the name of a holy work such as water conservation.
The Riskan River, also known as Rishigana, flows in this area near Surai Khet. Its origin is the root of a tree located near a temple in the village of Nagarjuna. The Riskan River joins the Gagas River after another 40 km. This river was about to dry up, in which 800 ponds have been created as part of the ‘Pani Boao, Pani Ugao’ campaign for water withdrawal, and efforts are being made to make a plantation. intensive trees around it. People from 27 surrounding villages are very excited to save their river.