KING OF TRANSPLANTS All it took was guilt for Vivek Kamboj to champion the green cause…
Manmeet Kaur – Hindustan Times
Guilt did not allow 27 year old Vivek Kamboj to sleep a wink. His crime? Chopping a tree. His vindication? Kamboj has been fighting the green cause ever since.
Now 40, Kamboj says he still feels hurt when he sees people disrespect nature. A resident of Shushant Lok Gurgaon, he quit his job in finance to devote all his time to start NGO Haryali back in 2005.
Six years down, NGO Haryali now boasts the support of 800 members and volunteers.
He asserts that many residents of Gurgaon’s posh colonies as well as owners of commercial establishments have axed full grown trees outside their buildings to “showcase architectural beauty.” In return he claims to have planted almost 45,000 trees and counting.
Gurgaon’s champion of the environment has also been successfully transplanting trees. “We uproot a tree from one place to plant it at a different area and we have had an 85 percent success rate in Gurgaon,” says Kamboj with pride. His engineering background, he says, has helped him in the seven-day long transplant process. Now even HUDA and MCG give them consignments to transfer trees.
He has also been working on water harvesting and promoting the use of jute bags. Kamboj has even fined shopkeepers for the use of polythene bags. “Water-harvesting can be a great success but in my experience even well-meaning people only talk about things. When it comes to execution, they are not around,” says Kamboj
This Sushant Lok residents believes in not taking assistance from the government nor corporate bodies, so that he can be free and continue to “Voice wrongs.”
Kamboj claims to have made a lot of enemies in this crusade but he has also earned many admirers. He laughs and says, “I attribute all my success to the support of active members of Haryali.” He signs off by saying, “Caring for the environment is the best gift I can give my own children.”
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