Bollywood actress, Dia Mirza, who is widely known for highlighting issues about conserving nature, shall attend the flag off ceremony of Gaj Yatra at Tura in Meghalaya on May 28. The Bollywood actress, who won the Miss Pacific title in 2000, is also the brand ambassador for Wildlife Trust of India.
The Gaj Yatra is part of an awareness campaign launched in August 2017. It is an 18-month road show through 13 states; a convergence of local art, culture and imagination that aims to build a wave of public support for India’s elephants.
The programme will begin at 3.30 pm at the SMELC building at Dapokgre in Tura. Dignitaries will step out to flag off Gaj Yatra at 5 pm. The project highlights the importance of securing elephant corridors—101 vital habitat linkages across the country that WTI is trying to secure through its Right of Passage project.
The objective of the project is to raise awareness about the shrinking space for India’s wild elephants and their corridors. Gaj Yatra, which is partnered by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), is the biggest-ever event planned for India’s wild elephants.