Bhubaneswar: Noted environmentalist Sundarlal Bahuguna succumbed to COVID-19 on Friday.
The Chipko Movement leader died of the virus under treatment, informed the AIIMS Rishikesh Administration today.
Padma Vibhushan Sundarlal Bahuguna was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at the AIIMS Rishikesh for last 10 days. However, he lost battle to the deadly virus today. He breathed his last at age of 94.
Born at Maroda village near Tehri in Uttarakhand on January 9 in the year 1927, Bahuguna had dedicated his entire life to protection and conservation of forests. He had started social activities at age of 13. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, he preferred to live with rural people at his village.
The Gandhian had spearheaded the Chipko Movement to save Himalayan forests. He walked through Himalayan forests and hills covering about 5,000 km between 1981 and 1983 to review extensive damage to eco-system caused by developmental projects.
In 2009, the environmentalist was conferred with Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, for environment conservation.