Two child scientists , namely , Barnadhya Hazarika and Anuranan Kumar Kazi, students of class viii of Maharishi Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School(MVMSSS), Silpukhuri, Guwahati conducted an unique project , which highlighted the importance of open space for preserving and enhancing the biodiversity of Guwahati city. The project undertaking in connection with the National Children’s Science Congress, 2010 , under the guidance of Nayana Das, Teacher, MVMSSS.
They have taken the case study of the Guwahati Kabarsthan located at Athgaon, Guwahati. According to them, concrete jungle rises up and biodiversity worsens in Guwahati City . In this context, they observed that, a sizeable amount of open space is protected in a form of graveyard due to religious sentiments. For example, about 72 bighas area covered by the Guwahati Kabarsthan, where 45 % of area under trees, 35% areas under unutilized, 10 % areas under wetlands and 10% areas under establishment. Several important trees, birds, animals, reptiles found in that graveyard, which is surrounded by the concrete jungle of Guwahati City .
They also observed that, this graveyard play important role to recharge ground water and people residing around the graveyard highly benefited from it.
They also observed threats faced by this graveyard and suggested a plan of actions. They also undertook few works to create awareness regarding the importance of the graveyard from the environmental point of view.