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‘Creation of eco village need of hour for environmental, ecological balance’



In the current scenario, to tide over the impact of climate change and disastrous environment, human beings need to change their lifestyle. There is also a need to set up eco retreat centres by young entrepreneurs at different places for ecological and environmental balance, opined environmentalist Ramkrishna Dash.

Speaking at a seminar here to discuss future prospects and implementation of Waldenwoods Eco village in Odisha, New Delhi-based Waldenwoods Foundation Founder-Chairman Dash emphasized how public and private collectively can implement this project. He suggested the need for a well-planned programme for holistic development of rural areas and the need to take up ‘back to village challenge’.

Waldenwoods Foundation has set up an eco-village in Kantamalia village in Dhenkanal district of Odisha. Modern amenities like electricity, safe water supply, telecommunication, transport, organic food, amusement, health services, healthy lifestyle, pollution-free environment and lots of fresh air are available in this Waldenwoods Eco Village (WEV).

Stating that many tourists from Odisha and other States visited this beautiful place in Kantamalia, Dash said:  “We are hopeful that in the coming days, large numbers of people will get attracted to this site.”

Sarat Chandra Acharya, former chairman of a Navratna PSU, also spoke at the seminar and offered valuable suggestions on taking the eco village initiative to greater heights. Former Joint Director of Odisha Tourism Department, Utpal Pati also offered valuable insights into what could be done to make this privately-run project a grand success.

Waldenwoods Foundation was founded in 2004 with the motto “Rural Empowerment with Sustainable Development” to reverse the trend of migration from urban to rural areas. It is dedicated to upliftment of the rural masses by creating ‘Smart Eco Villages’ tourism model in rural areas.

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