pratap-d-1Already making headlines for his concept of “One Cop One Criminal”, Navi Mumbai’s DCP Pratap Digaonkar has come up with a similar green concept that is “One Cop One Tree”. Though the role of a cop is to safeguard the city, maintain public order and detect crime but the DCP has gone a step further. Sana Warsia met the newly transferred Deputy Commissioner of Police Pratap Digaonkar who holds a keen interest and passion in nature. One Cop, One Tree. This is the thought that Deputy Commissioner of Police Pratap Digaonkar voices when we visited his bungalow at CBD Belapur, which is now surrounded with small saplings, newly seeded, giving the entire area a greeny look. For DCP Digaonkar planting trees wherever he goes is not an unusual agenda but his sole passion. Since his transfer to the city from Raigad where he was posted as the Superintending of Police, he has initiated plantation drives at the Sanpada police station, KK police station and even at his bungalow. His interest in tree plantation was ripe since his childhood as his father was a farmer and he had an attachment towards farming. Since childhood he had keen interest in planting mango or banana trees but his first tree plantation drive began at the age of 18 when planted trees at a gram panchayat land in their village. His passion has also been recognized by the state, which has awarded him the Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshmitra award and Vanashree award for planting 1.5 lakh trees in different districts of the state like Kolhapur, Vardha and Pune. So how does a cop take out time for his passion? The DCP says that it is all about time management. He says that atleast we should give pure air to and environment for our furture generations to live in. While DCP Digaonkar also has many degrees and diplomas to his credit. He had done MBA in marketing and finance and also done his clinical psychology. Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. This saying seems apt for DCP Pratap Digaonkar who with his mission of One cop, one tree has ensured that greenery is what prevails and blossom wherever he goes. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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