Breathing Life into Amritsar: The Rise of the Guru Nanak Sacred Forest

by Manjari Singh

As the mercury climbs and concerns over air quality intensify, a green revolution is set to sweep through Amritsar. In a groundbreaking collaboration, EcoSikh, a US-based organization dedicated to environmental preservation, joins hands with Vardhaman Special Steels in their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) endeavor. Their mission? To create the largest forest in Amritsar, a testament to the power of environmental stewardship and community engagement.

Since its inception in 2019, EcoSikh has been at the forefront of reforestation efforts in Punjab, having planted an impressive 4.7 lakh saplings across the region. Now, their latest project promises to be their most ambitious yet. With a vision of combating rising temperatures and combating air pollution, EcoSikh, alongside Vardhaman Special Steels, unveils plans for the Guru Nanak Sacred Forest.

Dr. Rajwant Singh, a prominent figure within EcoSikh, revealed details of the initiative, highlighting its multifaceted benefits. Not only will the forest boast 25,000 trees comprising native species renowned for their air-purifying properties, but it also seeks to reclaim lost ground for Punjab’s indigenous flora. In a region grappling with environmental challenges, the Guru Nanak Sacred Forest emerges as a beacon of hope, promising cooler temperatures and a surge in greenery.

Spread across three acres of land, this sanctuary of biodiversity will feature 25,000 trees representing a staggering 36 different species. But the ambitions of EcoSikh and its partners don’t end there. With an eye toward Amritsar’s future, plans are underway to establish an additional 450 Guru Nanak Sacred Forests within the city limits over the next five years. This initiative aligns with the forthcoming 450th anniversary of Amritsar, slated for celebration in 2027, marking a pivotal moment in the city’s history.

The significance of this endeavor extends far beyond the mere planting of trees. It embodies a collective commitment to environmental sustainability, cultural preservation, and community resilience. As Amritsar braces itself for the challenges of a changing climate, the emergence of the Guru Nanak Sacred Forest serves as a poignant reminder of the transformative power of unity and purpose. In the shade of these newly planted trees, a greener, more vibrant future beckons for Amritsar and its inhabitants.

Manjari Singh

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