Project Location

Nelda's Tree Plantation Project @ Hanuman Tekdi, S.B. Road, Pune

Nelda has adopted the Hanuman Tekdi hill in central Pune, located at Senapati Bapat Road, in 2016. This is Nelda’s dedicated tree plantation project location where we’re working since 26th June, 2016. 

There are multiple reasons why we chose this location:

1. This is a protected forest land, surrounded by longtime educational institutions. This makes this location highly unlikely to be disturbed by construction or other destructive activities.

2. At this location is located in the heart of Pune, it’s a perfect spot for promoting urban forestation, which is one of the goals of Nelda.

3. Thanks to the earlier generations working on this locations, there’s a water piping system with tanks which helps us maintain the saplings throughout the year.

Hanuman Tekdi is a picturesque hill and a favorite morning hiking spot for local residents. Hundreds of Punekars climb the hill daily for exercise and enjoyment. This popularity and accessibility were key reasons we chose this location for Nelda’s tree plantation activities.

Nelda’s mission is to help people plant and nurture a billion trees. To create awareness, we needed to make it easy for people to participate in these activities. Hanuman Tekdi, with its widespread appeal, serves this purpose perfectly.

Since the 1970s, when the area was first properly photographed, the hill has transformed from barren land into a green oasis. This transformation is thanks to previous generations who dedicated their efforts to this hill. Now, we feel it is our responsibility to continue this mission and create an urban forest at Hanuman Tekdi.

We have obtained formal approval from the Forest Department and all necessary permissions to carry out our activities.

Every Sunday, we gather near Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum on SB Road at 7:30 am. To reach the meeting point, climb the stairs near Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum & Memorial.

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Trees planted & currently managed by Project Nelda

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Man hours contributed by Nelda Volunteers since 2016

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Total volunteers who've joined Nelda's activities


A quick initial timeline of how the tree plantation activities of Nelda developed at Hanuman Tekdi, Pune.


May 2016

In May 2016, the founders of Nelda Foundation visited Hanuman Tekdi for the first time. This was the first such experience for Vedarth, Rohan & Bhagirath.

June 2016

Seeing the room for improvement at Hanuman Tekdi, Vedarth decided to work at this place, and carried the first public event of Nelda on 26th June.



October 2016

In the first monsoon season, Nelda successfully planted 300+ saplings and decided to care for them throughout the year with the help of our volunteers.

March 2017

Nelda Foundation was legally formed as a non-profit Section 8 company. This helped create a formal structure to promote and regulate Nelda’s activities in Pune.



September 2017

In the 2017’s monsoon season, Nelda started collaborating with other organizations/colleges to increase the volunteer strength & work harder.

June 2018

By June 2018, Nelda had planted its 1000th sapling at Hanuman Tekdi and had a maintenance plan in place for the entire year. We’re following it since then.


The "Impact" We've Created

City Beautification
Volunteering Opportunities
Avoiding Soil Erosion
Battling Climate Change
Community Enagagement
Encouraging Biodiversity
Creating Green Parks
Ecosystem Development
Restoring Environmental Balance
Social Awareness
Water Conservation
Combating Pollution

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Support Nelda

Donate Saplings

You can support Nelda by donating saplings at our tree plantation drives at Hanuman Tekdi. They’ll be planted on the project location.

Donate Online

You can donate money towards Nelda’s Hanuman Tekdi project to support us. Please use the Donate Now link in the menu.

Donate in Kind

If you’d like to donate certain equipment or materials we require, you can donate in-kind as well.

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