A day trip to Kundali dam- A memorable outing

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Day :26th August 2012
What a way to spend a sunday! It truly was a memorable day. Myself, my wife, my 8 yrs. old son & my mother had a field day on our trip to a not so well known place close to the Pune Bombay highway.
This trip was organized by 'Ela' foundation, an NGO instrumental in the field of ornithology & dedicated to the job of protection of birds in India particularly in Maharashtra. The initiative for this trip was taken by Dr. Satish Pande, a well known ornithologist & a founder member of Ela foundation.
We assembled at 6:15 am. at the Abasaheb Garware College on Karve road in Pune. A group of 80 people had gathered in the wee hours of Sunday and were enthusiastically looking forward to the trip. Some of them were prominent persons in their respective fields. There was an arrangement for 2 buses for this journey. The main purpose of this trip was to undertake a tree plantation program on the banks of the ‘Kundali’ river close to Kamshet. The foundation had arranged for 1000 saplings of species indigenous to the area. Land for this purpose was made available by the Tata Power Company. All the necessary arrangements were done by Mr. Vivek Vishwasrao, the chief horticulturist of the company & himself a member of Ela foundation. We traveled on the old Pune Mumbai highway towards Lonavala. We reached Kamshet, a place on the Pune Mumbai highway & turned right towards the Kundali dam. The weather suddenly changed as we were traveling towards the catchment area of the dam. It started drizzling where it was bright & sunny in Pune. We reached the office of ‘Utkarsha’, a rural development initiative taken up by the Tata Power Company in association with BAIF. The place is 15 kms from the NH4. Tata Power has been in operation in this area since 1912. It has an ownership of 36000 acres of land spread over 400 sq. kms. in this area. It has a jurisdiction over 6 dams in this area. There are 3 power generating stations under the control of the company. The company has undertaken social development work for 9 villages. Agriculture is considered to be foremost for the development of farmers. Technical know how is provided to the farmers by BAIF. The company helps the villagers in the field of animal husbandry & fisheries also. Fisheries are created at all the small ponds in this area & this provides the local adivasis an additional source of income.
We first had a breakfast of hot potato pattice & tea. We then went to the banks of the Kundali river. We had to carry the saplings for around half a km. to the river bank as the road was too narrow for the buses to have any access. We then planted the saplings & believe me it was a strenuous job. The pits had to be dug up, the plastic bags had to be peeled off & then the saplings had to be planted. After our job was done we enjoyed ourselves on the bank of the river. We later went to Jambhawali, a village included in the social development initiative of Tata Power Co. From there we did a small trek to the lovely Kondeshwar Mahadev temple. This is the mouth of the Kundali river. The water comes down a hill in a waterfall and accumulates into four small ponds or kunds as they are called before discharging into the river. We came back to the village & had an hearty lunch of bhakri, pithala (a delicacy made in besan & very popular in Maharashtra), kharda (a delicacy made by grinding chillies) & curd. The lunch had been prepared by the local villagers & it was very tasty. After lunch we had a question & answer session with the experts of the Tata Power Co. Later we went to the kundali dam. Nature had bestowed its full glory on the surroundings of the dam. It was a very enjoyable short walk. We started on our return journey & reached Pune at 7:30 pm.
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I am unable to upload rest of my photos. Please help.
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jaydeepy, very well done! Nice report. Seems like you had a wonderful Sunday.

Seems like you had difficulty in attaching photos...in each post, I believe one can attach up to 10 snaps. if you want to attach more you could post it in multiple posts. Also you might have to reduce the size of photos...ideally may around 500 KB each ?
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Thanks a lot naveenamohanrao
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Nice report jaydeepy

What variety were the trees you were planting? And who will care for them - local villagers? Or will your NGO continue to be involved?
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Thanks a lot juliaf. The trees that we planted were a variety of bamboo species & some variety of what we call in the local language as 'karanja'. Tata Power would continue to take care of the trees.

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