Meet Ramveer Tanwar from Dadha village in Greater Noida who quit his job to bring a change. The former mechanical engineer was moved by the plight of lakes and ponds in the village.
Thus, Tanwar converted nearly 40 highly polluted and toxic ponds into usable water bodies. Initially, he organised Jal Chaupal to provide a platform to the villagers to talk about the issue, gradually this became a norm in several villages in and around Noida.
The 26 year old who gave up his job to revive the ponds and lakes that had turned into waste dumping grounds has been lauded for his efforts. Ramveer Tanwar’s pond rejuvenation programme sets an ideal example, reiterating that it is never too late to try and restore ecological balance.
Before starting to revive the water body, Tanwar and team start an awareness campaign in the vicinity about the relevance of conservation and its impact on people’s lives. The idea was to make locals part of the transformation process so that they face relatively less resistance to rejuvenating the water body.
Tanwar’s constant activism and persuasive power is bringing local forest officials to look at the wetland, revive it and save it from possible construction encroachments.