Shrikant Deshpande

Vasundhara Mitra

Shrikant Deshpande is a one man army who has been striving to save trees in Nagpur and the highways around it. He has single-handedly filed numerous PILs in the High Court and has been following them for the last few years. In one of the PILs, the Court ordered the State to undertake almost 50 km of plantation along the highway to compensate for the tree felling . More than 50,000 trees were planted between Nagpur and Amravati as against 16,000 chopped trees. In another case, almost 40 trees, which were over 100 years old, were saved from being axed and NHAI was forced to implement alternate solutions to construct the highway.