COMMUTERS on Wednesday evening were in for a pleasant surprise at the Sector 20-21 light point when members of Chandigarh Pet Lovers’ Association stopped and handed them water bowls and feed for birds.
To create more awareness about environment, the association also gave people fruit bearing plants for plantation at free of cost.
Although the traffic was stalled for some time, the impromptu event piqued the curiousity of passer bys, commuters and residents who seemed to be impressed by the bowls and saplings of indigenous fruits like anar, mango, Jamun and others.
“Birds will come where trees are — the two go hand in hand. Hence we need to start and establish this culture of planting and conserving the trees and environment,” said the president of the association Vinod Kumar.
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The aim of the association, added Kumar, was to encoruage people to be empathetic and compassionate towards the need of birds and animals too in ‘this unbearable heat providing them with water and some food’.
At present, the association has 100 members and plans to expand further.
“We have been motivated by the feedback and response of people. More people want to get attached with this initiative,” said Kumar.
The association plans to hold such events regularly on a monthly basis across different sectors of the city. “We want to reach every household in the city,” said Kumar.