In last few decades, development at Agra has been rapid with erosion of green cover as well as water bodies which have been periodically highlighted by environmentalists and even the local press of Agra.
While we were adopting and making changes in our life style we have ignored the price which we will have to pay for this ill thought development. We have seen the effect of this partial development that we were contributing towards destruction of the city, as the citizens never thought of giving back responsibly what we were taking from nature. This irresponsible attitude of consuming the resources without trying to replenish them contributed to destruction that surpassed all other benefits of our partial development. However things are now looking bright with many citizens and NGO’s of Agra coming together in planting more trees and on other environmental issues. SPHEEHA (Society for Preservation of Healthy Environment and Ecology and Heritage of Agra) has been at the forefront of taking-up environmental issues of Agra at every possible forum to conserve what we are still left with, and try to replenish whatever we can. It has also been one of the pioneers in organising regular mass tree plantations in this city since 2006.
It is easy to plant trees but looking after them is a great task. However SPHEEHA takes this in a responsible manner by performing anti-termite treatment, pruning, manuring and building tree guards to protect these trees from stray animals. It has also invested in a water-tanker to water them through out the year. A dedicated staff looks after these trees like their own extended family thus ensuring the survival rate of over 85%. It gladdens our hearts that many others now follow our example and understand the importance of green cover in this city.
In 2017, SPHEEHA introduced a Radio Frequency Identification chip to help ascertain the survival rate of the plants and their growth so they can be better cared for.
The innovative technique is being used for the first time in the Dayalbagh campus of Agra and will help ascertain the produce of every tree. It will also ensure that the entire planting is done easily in a short period of time. SPHEEHA hopes that this will also be a learning aid for students and researchers who can obtain pre-fed information about these plants using a hand held radio-frequency identification reader.