Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022

Greening a barren hillock in West Bengal stops erosion, attracts birds




by Deepanwita Gita Niyogi



  • In Paharkol hamlet in West Bengal’s Bankura district, the locals have revived a hill, through reforestation, planting over 14,000 sonajhuri trees.



  • The work has been undertaken under the West Bengal government’s Usharmukti scheme, which targets land transformation in arid areas, with technical support from grassroots non-profit PRADAN.



  • The hill, also called Paharkol after the village, has sacred significance as the abode of a deity that is worshipped by the local tribal community and believed to be associated with good rainfall.